Graduate, Wright Junior College, 1940. Student, Northwestern University, 1949.
Cost comptroller, budget director Scott Radio Corporation, 1947. President television Forecast, Inc., 1948-1952. Editor Chicago edition television Guide, 1953, manager Wisconsin edition, 1954.
President Root Photographers, Inc., Chicago, 1955-1991. Also chairman board directors. Board directors Root Studio, Inc., 1991-1996, retired, 1996.
Advisory committee photography & audiovisual technical, Southern Illinois University, 1980-1981. Advisory board Gordon Technology High School, 1979-1986. Co-founder television Guide, 1947.
With United States Army Air Corps, 1943-1947. Member National Education Association, National School Press Association, National Collegiate School Press Association, United Photographers Organization (president 1970-1971), Professional Photographers American, Professional School Photographers American (vice president 1966-1967, 87-88, secretary-treasurer 1967-1969, president 1969-1970, director 1971-1978, treasurer 1985-1986, secretary 1986-1987, president 1988-1989), Photo Marketing Association (Distinguished Service award 1992), Photographic Art and Science Foundation (Hall of Fame elector 1969-1996), Illinois Small Business Men's Association (director 1970-1973), Chicago Association Commerce and Industry (education committee 1966-1994), Illinois High School Press Association, North Center Association (visitation committee 1986), Chicago Bible Society (board advisors), Illinois Chamber of Commerce, International Club.
Married Marjorie Gies, December 12, 1964. Children: Scott, Pamela.