Bachelor of Fine Arts, Central Washington University, 1948. Certified in secondary teaching, University Washington, 1949. Postgraduate, University Oregon.
Social case worker State Department Social and Health Services, Yakima, Washington, 1953-1961. Art instructor Yakima Valley (Washington) Community College, 1964-1967. Painter Orchard Garden, Naches, Washington, from 1961.
With United States Army, 1941, China.
Married Barbara Hoskins, November 10, 1956. 1 child: Susan Searles Nielsen.