Bachelor of Science, University Alabama, 1943. Bachelor of Laws, University Alabama, 1948. Doctor of Laws (honorary), University Alabama, Huntsville.
Instructor accounting University Alabama, 1946-1948. Public accountant Smith, Dukes & Buckalew, Mobile, 1949-1950. Practice in Huntsville, 1950-1993.
Member firm Lange, Simpson, Robinson & Somerville and predecessor firms, 1950-1993. General counsel 1st Alabama Bank of Huntsville. Director Dunlop Tire Corporation, First Alabama Bancshares.
Past vice president, secretary, trustee Huntsville Industrial Associates.
Member executive committee Alabama Republican Committee, 1969-1970. Past member Madison County Republican Executive Committee, Alabama. President Huntsville Industrial Expansion Committee, 1968-1970.
Past board directors Alabama Christian College, Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. Member president's cabinet University Alabama. Trustee emeritus Randolph School.
Chairman board trustees University Alabama Huntsville Foundation. Member American Bar Association, Alabama Bar Association, Huntsville Bar Association, Alabama Chamber of Commerce (president, director), Order of Coif,, Kappa Alpha, Phi Alpha Delta. Club: Huntsville Country (past president).
Lodge: Rotary (past president).
Son of; married Elisabeth Echols Watts, June 11, 1948. Children: John Houston, Margaret Elisabeth Salmon West.