Bachelor of Science, Virginia Tech, 1965. Master of Science, Virginia Tech, 1967. Doctor of Philosophy, Virginia Tech, 1969.
Assistant professor biology Longwood College, Farmville, Virginia, 1969-1975, associate professor biology, 1975-1980, professor biology, since 1980. Visiting faculty research department microbiology Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, 1975-1976. Affiliate professor Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, since 1977.
Deacon, choir member Heritage Baptist Church, Farmville, since 1976. Petty officer 2d class United States Navy, 1958-1961. Member American Society for Microbiology, Virginia Academy of Sciences, Phi Kappa Phi, Omicron Delta Kappa.
Married Camilla Mason Cross, August 15, 1965. Children: Sheri B., Dawn K.