Bachelor of Science in Public Administration, Florida State University, 1951. Juris Doctor, University Florida, 1956. Doctor Public Service (honorary), University Florida, 1983.
Postgraduate, Denver University. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Florida Southern College, Lakeland, 1972. Doctor of Laws (honorary), University Notre Dame, 1973.
Doctor of Laws (honorary), University Miami, 1975. Doctor of Laws (honorary), University West Florida, 1978. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Barry University, Miami, 1979.
Doctor of Laws (honorary), University Tampa, 1983. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Belmont Abbey College, 1983. Doctor of Public Administration (honorary), Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida, 1972.
Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Florida, 1973. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Stetson University, Deland, Florida, 1973. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Bethune-Cookman College, 1975.
Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), St. Leo College, Florida, 1975. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Florida State University, 1988.
Assistant county solicitor Escambia County (Florida), 1956-1958. Partner Levin, Askew, Warfield, Graff & Mabie, Pensacola, Florida, 1958-1962. Member Florida House Representatives, 1958-1962, Florida Senate, 1962-1970, president pro tempore, 1968-1970.
Governor State of Florida, 1971-1979. Partner Greenberg, Traurig, Askew, Hoffman, Lipoff, Quentel & Wolff, P.A., Miami, Florida, 1979. United States trade representative, member Cabinet, 1979-1981.
Director Greenberg, Traurig, Askew, Hoffman, Lipoff, Rosen & Quentel, P.A., Miami and Orlando, Florida, 1981-1988. Of counsel Akerman, Senterfitt & Eidson, since 1988. Chairman judicial committee Florida Constitution Commission, 1966-1967.
Chairman Education Commission of States, 1973, chairman Select Commission Immigration and Refugee Policy, 1979. Chairman Southern Governors Conference, 1974-1975. Chairman National Democratic Governors Conference, 1976-1977, chairman National Governors Conference, 1977-1978.
Chairman Southern Growth Policies Board, 1977-1978. Chairman Florida Comptrollers Task Force on Securities Regulation, 1985-1986. President council of State Governments, 1977-1978.
Chairman Presidential Advisory Board Ambassadorial Appointments, 1977-1979.
Past president western division Children's Home Society Florida, Pensacola Oratorio Society. Board directors City of Hope. Past member state executive committee Florida Tuberculosis and Health Association.
Keynote speaker Democratic National Convention, 1972. Member The Bretton Woods committee, 1986-1987. Member International Center fo Florida, since 1981.
Member Southeast United States-Japan Association, since 1977. Board directors Orlando Regional Medical Center Foundation, 1987-1989. Past board directors Pensacola Young Men’s Christian Association, United Fund, Heart Association, National Comn. on American State and local Public Service, National Institute of former governments' With Army of the United States, 1946-1948, to captain United States Air Force, 1951-1953.
Fellow National Academy Public Administration. Member American Bar Association, Florida Bar Association, American Judicature Society (board directors 1979-1981, Herbert Harley award 1975), Academy Florida Trial Lawyers, Trade Net (board directors 1981-1986), Florida Council of 100, National Commission American State and Local Public Services, National Institute Former Governors, Retired Officers Association, American Legion, Masons (33 degree), Rotary, Shriners, Order of Coif, Phi Alpha Delta, Delta Tau Delta, Alpha Phi Omega, Pi Alpha Alpha.
Married Donna Lou Harper, August 11, 1956. Children: Angela Askew Cook, Kevin O'Donovan.