Bachelor of Arts Communication Arts, Mich, State University, 1957.
Design editor, Home Furnishings Daily, Chicago and New York City, 1960-1967; vice president, Milo Baughman Design, Wellesley, Massachusetts, 1967; executive editor, House and Garden Guides, Conde Nast Company. New York City, 1968-1972; editor-in-chief, House and Garden Guides, Conde Nast Company. New York City, 1973-1980; editor-in-chief, House and Garden magazine, New York City, 1981-1988; vice president design and creative services, consumer products division, Westpoint-Pepperell, New York City, 1988-1989; editor in chief, Elle Decor, Hachette Public company, New York City, 1990-1991; editor-in-chief, House Beautiful, Hearst Magazines Division, New York City, since 1991.
Chairman board deacons Riverside Church, New York City, 1973-1975. President board Christianity and Crisis, 1988-1990. Board directors American Society Magazine Editors, 1990-1994, New York Theological Seminary, 1999—2008, New York School Interior Design, New York City, 2001-2008, Long House Reserve, Easthampton, New York, since 2001.
Married Jane Margaret Goodwin, August 15, 1965. Children: Amy Alison Forbes, Lauren Elizabeth Lowry.