Bachelor of Arts Kentucky, 1949. Bachelor's Degree, Episcopal Theological School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1952. Master of Sacred Theology, University of the South, 1960.
Doctor of Ministry, University of the South, 1979. Doctor of Divinity (honorary), University of South, 1984. Doctor of Ministry, Vanderbilt University, 1980.
Doctor of Divinity (honorary), Virginia Theological Seminary, 1980. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), St. Augustine's College, 1992.
Rector, St. Mary's Church, Middlesboro, Kentucky, 1952-1955; rector, Christ Church, Lexington, Kentucky, 1955-1963; dean, Christ Church Cathedral, Louisville, Kentucky, 1963-1969; rector, St. Alban's Church, Washington, 1969-1973; director, Center for Continuing Education, Virginia Theological Seminary, Alexandria, 1973-1976; rector, St. Michael and All Angels, Dallas, 1976-1980; bishop, Diocese of North Carolina, Raleigh, 1980-1994. President North Carolina Council of Churches, 1989-1990.
Chairman Kentucky Committee on Human Rights State of Kentucky, 1956-1965. With United States Naval Reserve, 1946-1947.
Married Joyce Haynes, June 17, 1950. Children: Helen Haynes, Robert Whitridge, Elizabeth Estill Robertson.