Bachelor of Arts, Heidelberg College, 1946; A.M., Western Reserve U., 1951; Doctor of Philosophy, Western Reserve U., 1953.
Assistant professor of history, political science, Heidelberg College, Tiffin, Ohio., 1952-1956;
associate professor political science, Heidelberg College, Tiffin, Ohio., 1956-1959;
professor, Heidelberg College, Tiffin, Ohio., 1959-1964;
professor of history, director General Education Program, Heidelberg College, Tiffin, Ohio., 1964-1967;
professor, chairman American studies department, Heidelberg College, Tiffin, Ohio., 1967-1983;
professor, chairman history and American studies department, Heidelberg College, Tiffin, Ohio., 1983-1989;
emeritus professor of history and American studies, Heidelberg College, Tiffin, Ohio., since 1989. Visiting professor American studies Bowling Green State University, 1972, 73, 74, 75, 89, 93. Consultant Tiffin History Trust, 1976-1989.
Public historical and consultant in field,1992-.
(Book by Davison, Kenneth E., Walker, Robert H.)
Chairman Heidelberg Community Lecture and Concert Series, 1956—1963, Ohio committee for public programs in humanities, 1973—1980, executive committee, 1973—1980. Chairman Tiffin-Seneca Bicentennial Commission, 1974—1977, 1987—1989. Board directors Seneca County Museum, 1976—1990, Seneca County Museum Foundation, 1990—1998, Heritage Village Board, 1992—1993.
Member lay board Mercy Hospital, 1983—1986. Trustee Ohio Preservation Alliance, 1992—1996, Heritage Ohio/Downtown Ohio, Inc., since 2003. Historian Roadtrek International, 1996—1998, since 2002.
Presidential advisory committee Ohio Bicentennial, since 1999. Elder Presbyterian church, 1991—1993, since 2003. Member Organization American Historians, Ohio-Indiana American Studies Association (president 1965, 66), American Association State and Local History (certified of commendation 1993), Southern History Association, Ohio Academy History (editor newsletter 1971-1974, president 1986-1987, Distinguished Service award 1989), American Studies Association (national executive council 1968-1978, national treasurer 1973-1978), Ohio History Society (research adviser 1968-1975, board trustees ex officio 1986-1987), Center for Study of Presidency (board editors 1974-1998), Presidency Research Group, National Genealogical Society, Palatines to American, Ohio Genealogical Society (trustee-at-large 2000-2001), Seneca County Genealogical Society (FGS delegate), Ohio Association History Societies and Museum (trustee at-large 1986-1992, executive committee 1991-1992), Tiffin History Trust (Preservation award 1998), Pi Kappa Delta, Phi Alpha Theta.
Married Virginia Nell Rentz, June 14, 1959. Children: Robert Edwin, Richard Allen.