Bachelor of Science, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1940.
Member field party, Solvey Process Company, Hopewell, Virginia, 1940-1941;
associate, Ferguson-Gates Engineering Company, Beckley, West Virginia, Australia, 1946-1954;
partner, Ferguson-Gates, 1955-1958;
owner, Ferguson-Gates (named changed to Gates Engineering Company 1961), 1959-1961;
president, chairman, chief Executive officer, Gates Engineering Company, Beckley, also Charleston, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Denver, Sydney, Australia, 1962-1982;
president, Leslie C. Gates, Ltd., Beckley, 1982-1990;
chairman, Los Angeles Gates Company, Beckley, since 1986. Board directors Bank One-Berkley. Trustee Engineering Index, Inc.
Member West Virginia Board Registration for Professional Engineers, 1965-1980. President Beckley Business Development Corporation, 1965.
Campaign chairman Raleigh County United Fund, 1962-1963, president, 1965. President Raleigh County Citizens Scholarship Association, 1966, Flat Top Lake Association, 1965. Advisory board West Virginia University, 1970-1978, board trustee, since 1993.
Board directors Virginia Polytechnic Institute Alumni, 1985-1990. Board trustees Davis and Elkens College, 1986-1989. Major C.E., Army of the United States, 1945-1951, European Theatre of Operations.
Fellow American Society of Civil Engineers. Member National Society of Professional Engineers Engineers (president 1974-1975), West Virginia Society Professional Engineers (president 1951), American Institute of Mining (chairman Central Appalachian section 1965-1966), American Mining Congress (resolutions committee 1981), West Virginia Coal Mining Institute, West Virginia Chamber of Commerce (president 1978), Beckley-Ralegh County Chamber of C. (president 1953), Colorado Mining Association, Illinois Mining Institute.
Married Martha Rose Shrewsbury, December 21, 1940. Children— Ellen (Mistress James G. Anderson III), Leslie Allen.