Bachelor of Arts, North Central College, Naperville, Illinois, 1936; Doctor of Humane Letters, North Central College, Naperville, Illinois, 1970; Bachelor of Divinity, Evangelical Theological Seminary, 1938; Doctor of Divinity, Indiana Central College, Indianapolis, 1954; Doctor of Divinity, Wiley College, Marshall, Texas, 1975; Doctor of Divinity, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, 1983; Doctor of Civil Law, Westmar College, LeMars, Iowa, 1972.
Teller, bookkeeper, First National Bank, Aurora, 1929-1932; ordained to ministry, Evangelical Church, 1938; pastor in, Chenoa, Illinois, 1934-1939; pastor in, Rockford, Illinois, 1939-1952; pastor in, Naperville, 1952-1964; executive secretary, EUB Commission Church Union, 1964-1968; bishop, United Methodist Church, Minneapolis, 1968-1972; bishop, United Methodist Church, Chicago area, 1972-1980; member Executive Committee, World Methodist Council, 1971-1981. Member United Methodist delegate to general board National Council Churches, 1970-1974. President Board Global Ministries, United Methodist Church, 1972-1976.
President Council Social Ags., Rockford, 1948-1949, Family Service Organization, 1948-1950. Member executive committee and plan Union Commission Consultation Church Union. Trustee Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston, Illinois, from 1972, North Central College, Naperville, Kendall College, Evanston, 1972-1980, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, 1972-1986.
Married Kathryn Elizabeth Fischer, January 12, 1937. Children: Mary Kathryn Washburn Smith, Jane Anne Washburn Eigenbrodt, Frederick Paul, John Arthur.