Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, Auburn University, 1957.
Process engineer Ormet Corporation, Hannibal, Ohio, 1958-1962. Senior engineer Thiokol Chemical Corporation, Marshall, Texas, 1962-1965. With Squibb Corporation, Princeton, New Jersey, 1965-1972, assistant to president, 1970-1972.
President Edward Weck & Company division Squibb Corporation, New York City, 1972-1977. Chairman board directors Stryker Corporation, Kalamazoo, 1979—2010, president, Chief Executive Officer, 1979—2003.
Member American Chemical Society, Health Industries Manufacturing Association (director), ). Member Church of Christ.
Married Rosemary Kopel, June 7, 1957. Children: Sarah Beth, Janine.