Bachelor magna cum laude, Drury College, 1958. Master of Arts, University Missouri, 1960. Doctor of Philosophy, University Missouri, 1964.
Spanish and English language teacher, Salem (Missouri) High School, 1958-1959;
instructor, Kent (Ohio) State University, 1961-1962;
from assistant to associate professor, U. Kansas, Lawrence, 1963-1973;
professor Spanish, U. Kansas, Lawrence, since 1973. Chairman Spanish and Portutguese department U. Kansas, 1968-1974. Visiting professor Exxon Intra-University, 1981-1982.
Consultant in field.
Member Modern Language Association, American Association of University Professors (advisory board, president University Kansas chapter 1991-1992), American Association Teachers Spanish and Portuguese, Association North America Colombianists (president 1987-1989, advisory board).
Married Martha L. Heckmaster. Children: Richard Daniel, Robert David.