Bachelor, Anderson College, 1963. Juris Doctor, George Washington University, 1967.
Teacher Emerson Institute, Washington Hall Junior College, Washington, 1966-1968. Legal researcher National Education Association, 1967-1968. Judge Logansport City Court, Logansport, Indiana, 1969-1978.
Partner firm Smith & Ridlen, since 1968. State treasurer State of Indiana, Indianapolis, 1979-1987. Chairman Indiana Housing Finance Authority, 1983-1987.
1st vice president, manager Indiana Finance Office of McDonald & Company Securities, Inc., since 1987.
Chairman Cass County Bicentennial Committee, 1974-1976, Indiana Bond Bank, 1984-1987. President Cass County Youth Services Bureau, 1971. Vice president board directors United Fund, 1972.
President Cass County chapter American Red Cross, 1971-1973. Vice president Mental Health Association, 1971-1973. Member Cass County Board Election Commissioners, 1970.
Member staff Republican National Committee, 1963-1964. Member National Association State Treasurer (president 1983-1984, state and federal cash management reform task force 1983-1987), National Association State Auditors, Comptrollers and Treasurers (board directors 1983-1984), American Bar Association, Indiana Bar Association, Cass County Bar Association, Cass County History Society (president 1974-1978), Phi Alpha Delta. Lodges: Kiwanis, Elks, Eagles.
Married Susanne Lee Smith, June 1, 1963.