Bachelor of Engineering, Mississippi State University, 1948. BME, Louisiana State University, 1959.
Instructor agriculture, Marion-Walthall High School, Darbun, Mississippi, 1948-1949; instructor agriculture, Collins (Mississippi) High School, 1949-1951; laboratory technician, Exxon United States of America, Baton Rouge, 1952-1959; sales and district engineer, Mobil Oil Corporation, New Orleans, Cleve, St. Louis, 1959-1969; vice president, Sample Brothers, Incorporated, New York Orleans, 1969-1976; president, Sample Brothers, Inc., St. Louis, 1977-1983; president, Refco Sales, Inc., St. Louis, since 1983; also board directors, Refco Sales, Inc., St. Louis.
Sergeant United States Army, 1951-1952. Member American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Society Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (associate), St. Louis Propeller Club, East Side Rivermans Club, Shriners.
Married Gloria A. McCoy, November 25, 1953. Children: Robert E. Junior, Patricia, Cheryl.