Bachelor of Philosophy, University Chicago, 1949. Bachelor, University California, Berkeley, 1952. Master of Divinity, Starr King School Ministry, 1953.
Doctor in Sacred Theology (honorary), Starr King School Ministry, 1974.
Assistant minister First Unitarian Church, Providence, 1953-1955. Minister Unitarian Church, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1955-1961, University Unitarian Church, Seattle, 1961-1997, minister emeritus, from 1997. Acting settlement director Department of Ministry Unitarian Universalist Association, Boston, 1997-1998.
Interim minister All Souls Unitarian Church, Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1999—2000, Eliiot Chapel, Kirkwood, Missouri, 2001—2002, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Bainbridge, Washington, 2002—2003. Board president Starr King School, Berkeley, 1967—1968. Member executive committee Council Churches, Seattle, 1982—1988.
Adjunct professor Meadville Lombard, 1987—1988, Northwest Theological Union, 1989, Seattle University, 1995, 2003, 04.
Board directors Council Planning Affiliates, Seattle, 1969-1973, Washington State chapter American Civil Liberties Union, Seattle, 1963-1967, board Friends of Library, Seattle, 1994-1997. Chairman ministerial advisory committee Planned Parenthood Center, Seattle, 1963-1968. President United Nations Association, Lincoln, 1959-1961.
Corporal United States Air Force, 1948-1949. Member Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association (president 1973-1975), Unitarian Universalist Retired Ministers and Partners Association (president 2002-2003), Pacific Northwest District Unitarian Universalist Association (executive 1962-1964, president 1985-1987, member commission on appraisal 1977-1981), Unitarian Universalist Partner Church Council (president 1995-1997), Unitarian Universalist History Society (president 1998-1999).
Married Dee Dee Rainbow, June 18, 1950 (divorced 1968). Children: Stephen M., Robin S., Robert R., Deborah R. Married Marcia McClellan Barton, June 5, 1987.