Bachelor, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, 1951. Postgraduate, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1967.
With, Highland Resources, Inc., Houston, 1951-1987; executive vice president, Highland Resources, Inc., Houston, 1961-1964; president, Highland Resources, Inc., 1964-1987; president, chief Executive officer, Ralph S. O'Connor and Associations, since 1987. Chairman of the Board Arnaud's Restaurant, New Orleans, Harper, Chrysler, Dickson, Tennessee, Texas Ice, Clear Lake, Texas.
Trustee emeritus Rice University, Johns Hopkins University, Oldfields School, Glencoe, Maryland. Member of National Academy of Sciences, Presidential Counselors, Houston Landmen's Association (past president), All American Wildcatters, American Association Petroleum Landmen, Johns Hopkins Institutions, Players Club, River Oaks Country Club, Bayou Club.
Married Alice Maconda Brown, April 28, 1950 (divorced 1993). Children: George Rufus, Thomas Ireland III, Nancy Isabel, John Herman. Married Becky Miller Gorham, March 22, 2008.