AB magna cum laude, Harvard College, 1968. AM, State University of New York-Stony Brook, 1972. Doctor of Philosophy, 1980.
Instructor English Bowling Green State University, Ohio, 1976—1980. Assistant professor University South Alabama, Mobile, 1980—1984, associate professor English, 1985—1989. President Faculty Senate, University South Alabama, Mobile, 1983—1984, coordinator graduate studies English, 1985—1989, assistant to dean graduate school, 1988—1992.
Editor Journal Advanced Composition, 1980—1985. Sergeant 101st Airborne Division United States Army, 1962-1965.
Served to sergeant 101st Airborne Division, United States Army, 1962-1965. State University of New York-Stony Brook graduate fellow, 1970-1976. Member Alabama Council Teachers English (director 1983-1985), Alabama Council College and University FacultyPresidents (president 1984-1985), Medieval Academy American, New Chaucer Society, Early English Text Society, International Society Anglo-Saxonists.
Married Marie Louise Therese Kessel, September 26, 1973. 1 child, Nicole Claire.