Graduate Vancouver Law School, 1927. Doctor of Laws, University British Columbia, 1959.
Called to bar, British Columbia, 1928, then practiced in Vancouver. Partner Hunter & Owen, 1928-1932. Senior partner Campney, Owen & Murphy, 1932-1969.
Crown prosecutor County of Vancouver, 1933-1942.
Created Kings counsel, 1945. Senior partner Owen, Bird, from 1969.
Delaware numerous international legal conferences Director East Asiatic Company (Canada), Limited., Western Broadcasting Limited company, Radio Northwest, Limited., Radio OB, Limited., Radio QR, Limited., Radio Master of Laws Limited., Northwest Sports Enterprises Limited., Vancouver Hockey Club Limited., Canucks Public Limited., Greyhound Lincolnshire of Canada, Limited., Greyhound Computer of Canada, Limited., Brewster Transport Limited company, Eastern Canadian Greyhound Lincolnshire Limited., Western Prodns., Limited., Saturna Investments, Limited., Atlin Investments Limited. Lieutenant governor Province of British Columbia, 1973-1978.
Member Vancouver Board Trade, Canada-Japan Trade Council. Premier, 1st Older Boys Parliament British Columbia, 1923, 2d, 1924. Member of advisory board Salvation Army, Vancouver, Young Men's Christian Association Greater Vancouver.
Member Vancouver General Hospital Health Centre for Children, Canadian Council Christians and Jews, Vancouver.
Served with Seaforth Highlanders Canada, 1942-1946. Member Canada (council from 1938, president 1958), American colleges trial lawyers, American, Washington, Minnesota, Manitoba, British Columbia (bencher, past treasurer) bar associations, Canada Tax Foundation (past governor).
Liberal. Anglican.; Mason (33 degree, Shriner, Jester).
Clubs: Shaughnessy Golf and Country, Vancouver (past president), Union (Victoria).
Married Jean Margaret Dowler, November, 8, 1929 (deceased). Married second, Shirley Grauer, March 17, 1972. Children: David Stewart, Philip Walter, Margaret Ann (Mistress Jacques Barbeau), Daphne Muriel (Mistress Michael Francis).