Bachelor, University California, Berkeley, 1953. Master of Arts, University California, Berkeley, 1957. Doctor of Philosophy, University California, Berkeley, 1959.
Master of Arts (honorary), Harvard University, 1966.
Instructor, assistant professor Harvard University, Cambridge, 1959-1965, associate professor, 1966-1968, Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 1965-1966. Professor German University Massachusetts, Boston, 1968-1969, provost, vice chancellor, 1974-1975, dean of graduate studies, 1976-1978, vice chancellor, 1989-1990. Professor German University California, San Diego, 1969-1971.
Married Ellen Louise Sonnenberg, June 20, 1953. Children: Christine Louise, Kimberly Ann, Dominic Sonnenberg.