Bachelor, George Washington University, 1946; postgraduate, Middlebury College, 1946, 47; postgraduate, University of Michigan, 1948; Doctor of Philosophy, Johns Hopkins, 1953.
Teacher, Eastern High School, Washington, 1946-1947; research analyst specialist, unites states department Defense, Washington, 1952-1953; member of faculty, University Texas, Austin, since 1953; professor, University Texas, Austin, 1965-1969, 78-97; department chairman Germanic languages, University Texas, Austin, 1969-1971; dean College Humanities, University Texas, Austin, 1971-1978; acting dean College Fine Arts, University Texas, Austin, 1980-1981; professor emeritus, University Texas, Austin, since 1997. Visiting professor U. Marburg, 1963, U. New Mexico German Summer School, 1984, 87, 89.
Served with Signal Corps Army of the United States, 1943-1945. Member Modern Language Association (president South Central association 1976–2006), Medieval Academy, International Association Germanists, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Delta Phi Alpha.
Married Naomi Esther Ecker, June 1, 1952. Children: Susan Linda, Emily Frances, Carol Martha.