Student, University of California at Los Angeles, 1943—1944. Student, University of California at Los Angeles, 1946—1947. Bachelor of Fine Arts, University Denver, 1949.
Master of Fine Arts, University Southern California, 1951.
Printer and research fellow Tamarind Lithography Workshop, Los Angeles, 1961—1963. Lecturer University Southern California, 1963. Instructor Los Angeles County Art Institute, 1964, San Jose City College, California, 1966—1980.
Lecturer Stanford University, 1981—1983, 1986—1990. Served with United States Navy, 1944-1946.
Member of National Academy Design Acamedician.
Married Virginia Luth Zirker, 1947. Children: Daniel Gates, Lisa Zirker Moses, Nila. Married Eva Meyer Zirker, August 12, 1963.