Bachelor, University Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington, 1968. Master of Arts, University Colorado, 1969. Doctor of Philosophy, University Colorado, 1971.
Instructor history University Colorado, Boulder, 1971—1972. Professor history College of Ozarks, Point Lookout, Missouri, since 1972. National advisory board National Council for History Education, since 1990.
Adjunct curator for exhibits Ralph Foster Museum, Point Lookout, Missouri, since 1995.
Instructor American Red Cross, Branson, Missouri, 1981—1995. Chair constitution bicentennial committee City of Branson, 1986—1991. Community advisory board Tri-Lakes Newspapers, 1992—1994.
Extraordinary minister and church council Our Lady of the Lake Church, 1980—2005. Llittle League coach Branson Parks and Recreation, 1979—1998. Classroom volunteer Branson R-IV Schools, 1988—2005.
Member of Missouri Council History Education (vice president and state board 2008-2010), Community College Humanities Association, Washington State Council for Social Studies, Southwest Missouri District Social Studies Association, National Council for History Education (national advisory board 1990—2005), American History Association, Society for Historians of America Foreign Relations (membership committee 1978-1984), Organization American Historians (national chairman membership committee since 2004), Phi Alpha Theta (chapter advisor since 1973, national council 2006-2008, member national advisory board 2008-2010), Sigma Nu (division Commander 1976-1988, Man of Year 1968).
Married Bobara Ann Bliss, August 16, 1969. Children: Daniel Ryan, Christine Bliss Kneeshaw-Yokley, Brianne Marie.