Bachelor of Arts, University Northern Colorado, 1950;Master of Arts, University Nebraska, 1951;Doctor of Philosophy, University Illinois, 1955.
Assistant professor speech, U. Houston, 1953-1957;assistant professor, University of Minnesota, 1957-1959;associate professor, University of Minnesota, 1959-1963;professor, University of Minnesota, since 1963;chair department speech communication, University of Minnesota, 1971-1989;chair department Spanish and Portuguese, University of Minnesota, 1992-1994;director, School of Journalism and Mass Comm., 1995-1997.
Member National Communications Association (editor Quarterly Journal Speech 1971-1974, Winans-Wichelns Research award 1970, Charles H. Woolbert Research award, 1981, Douglas-Ehninger Distinguished Scholar award 1989, Distinguished Scholar of Association 1992), Central States Speech Association, International Society for Study of Rhetoric.
Married Betty Rose Foust, September 13, 1947. Children– Mark Allen, Janet Lee, Paul Matthew.