Bachelor, Harvard University, 1957. Master of Science, George Washington University, 1959. Doctor of Philosophy, George Washington University, 1966.
National Academy of Sciences postdoctoral fellow U.A. Army Research, Fort Detrick, Maryland, 1965-1966. Microbiologist/scientist World Health Organization, India, 1967—1970, Indonesia, 1970—1972, Thailand, 1972—1978. Consultant to international organizations San Diego, 1978.
With public relations General Communication Incorporation, Hill & Knowlton, Aventis, Astra Zeneza, others, 1984.
Married Ellen Gay Kober, February 19, 1961 (deceased September 1981). Children: Jennifer Maya, Adam Barrett. Married Sharon Lynn Kirshen, May 16, 1982.
Children: Gary Leon Kirshen, Marc Paul Prescott.