Bachelor, Swarthmore College, 1964; Master of Arts, Yale University, 1966; Doctor of Philosophy, Yale University, 1971.
Researcher Print Council American, 1970-1973. Assistant curator Worcester (Massachusetts) Art Museum, 1973-1976, curator prints and drawings, 1976-1984. Assistant director Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, since 1984, acting director, 1986, 1994, curator collection, since 2003.
Adjunct professor University North Carolina, since 1984. Adjunct professor University North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1984-2003, curator of collections, since 2003.
Member Print Council American (board directors 1981-1984), Historians Netherlandish Art.
Son of Douglas Shepard and Robin (Palmer) R. Divorced; 1 child, Emma. Married Carolyn P. Coolidge, June 25, 1995.