Bachelor, University New Mexico, 1949. AM, University North Carolina, 1950. Doctor of Philosophy, University Iowa, 1956.
Member English faculty, U. Iowa, Iowa City, 1952-1965; professor, U. Iowa, Iowa City, since 1965; associate chair English Department, University Iowa, Iowa City, 1963-1976; chair English Department, University Iowa, Iowa City, 1976-1986; director School Letters, U. Iowa, Iowa City, 1976-1986. Consultant examiner North Control Iowa, 1965-1990.
Member College Conference Composition and Communications (Exemplar award 1991)(chair 1976-1977), National Council Teachers English (president 1986-1987), Association Department English Chairman (board directors 1978-1981, Francis A. March award for service 1986).
Married Jean Hall, June 14, 1951. Children: Richard A., Mary H., John D., Jeffrey L.