Bachelor, Pacific Lutheran College, 1952; Master of Arts, Stanford University, 1953; Doctor of Philosophy, Stanford University, 1961.
Instructor argumentation, public speaking, rhetorical theory and criticism, Texas Lutheran College, Seguin, 1953-1954; assistant professor, director forensics, Pacific Lutheran College, Tacoma, Washington, 1954-1957; instructor, Stanford (California) U., 1959-1961; assistant professor, Stanford (California) U., 1961-1964; from associate professor to professor, department head, Center Washington State University, Ellensburg, 1964-1970; professor department speech communication, Center Washington State University, Ellensburg, 1988-1995; dean school liberal arts, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, 1970-1988; department director London Study Program, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, 1984-1996.
President Pacific Forensic League, 1961-1962, Northern California Forensic Association, 1962-1963. Member, trustee Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Berkeley, 1961-1964. Served with United States Navy, 1946-1948.
Married Amy Knutson, August 19, 1951. Children: Jon, Beth, Joel, Ingrid.