Bachelor of Arts, DePauw University, 1956; Master of Arts, Fletcher School Law and Diplomacy, 1957.
Reporter, Boston Globe, 1957; Reporter, National Observer, Washington, 1962-1965; news editor, National Observer, 1966-1968; securities analyst specializing in newspaper stocks, Dirks Brothers, Ltd., Washington, 1969-1971; securities analyst specializing in newspaper stocks, Delafield, Childs, Inc., Washington, 1971-1975; securities analyst specializing in newspaper stocks, Christian Science McKee & Company, Washington, 1975-1976; assistant to president, Detroit Free Press, 1976-1977; vice president, general manager, Detroit Free Press, 1977-1980; chairman, Dirks, Van Essen & Association, Santa Fe, New Mexico, since 1980.
Board directors National Ghost Ranch Foundation, Santa Fe, 1973-1997, Santa Fe Opera, 1998-2004. President Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe, 2000-2004, director, since 2000. Member Phi Beta Kappa, Lambda Chi Alpha, Las Campanas(Santa Fe).
Married Barbara Dee Nutt, June 16, 1956 (divorced January 1985). Children: Stephen Merle, Deborah Virginia, David Louis. Married Judith Ann Putman, December 28, 2001.