Bachelor, City University of New York, 1942. Master of Arts, Columbia University, 1953. Doctor of Philosophy, Columbia University, 1970.
Vice president, senior editor National Lexicographic Board, New York City, 1953—1967. Senior editor Random House, 1967—1970. Assistant professor languages State University of New York-Oswego, 1971—1972.
Associate professor foreign languages California State University, Bakersfield, 1972—1983, emeritus professor, since 1983. Served with United States Army, 1943-1948.
Married Juanita Colon Ramondino, November 10, 1962 (divorced 1973). 1 stepchild; Married Verna Jean Flint Ramondino, February 24, 1978. 1 child from previous marriage Barbara.