Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, University Michigan, 1947. Microsoft Security Essentials, University Michigan, 1949.
Registered civil engineer and structural engineer, California Designer, Cummins & Barnard, Incorporated., Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1947-1948;instructor engineering University of Michigan, 1948-1950. Executive vice president John A. Blume & Associations, engineers, San Francisco, 1950-1973. Chairman, founder Engineering Decision Analysis Company, Incorporated., Cupertino, 1974-1987.
Consultant earthquake engineer, 1987;managing director EDAC, GmBH, Frankfurt, Germany, 1974-1982.
Director EDAC; president California Development & Engineering Company, Incorporated., Las Vegas, Nevada, 1973-1981. Member of national earthquake hazard reduction program advising committee overviewing Federal Emergency Management Agency, United States Geological Survey, National Science Foundation and National Institute Studies and Technology, 1990-1993.
Member Planning Commission, Palo Alto, 1955—1960. Managing director Applied Technology Council, 1973—1983. Director Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, 1972—1975, member.
Project director, editor Tentative Provision Development Seismic Regulations buildings, 1978. Technical manager, contributor, editor Data Processing Facilities: Guidelines Earthquake Hazard Mitigation, 1987. Fellow: Association Consulting Civil Engineers, India (honorary).
Member: American Society of Civil Engineers (honorary. Chairman dynamic effects committee 1978-1980, executive committee structural division 1980-1984, chairman 1983, executive committee structural division 1989-1993, management group B 1989-1993, Earnest E. Howard award 1994), Structural Engineers World Congress (president 1995—2007, chair 1998), Structural Engineers Association California (college of fellows director 1971-1973, chairman seismology committee 1972-1974), Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (honorary. Director 1972-1975), American Concrete Institute (life), Structural Engineers Northern California (honorary.
1969-1971), Japan Structural Consultant Association (honorary).
Married Jane Esther Steele, December 28, 1946. Children: Douglas Rolfe, Deborah Lynn, Sheryl Anne.