Bachelor of Music, North Texas University, 1945. Master of Music, EAStman School Music University Rochester, 1946.
Bassoonist, Houston Symphony, 1946-1949; instructor bassoon, North Texas U., Denton, 1949-1952; bassoonist, Dallas Symphony, 1951-1956; principal bassoonist, Dallas Symphony, 1956-1964; principal bassoonist, Chicago Symphony, 1964-1996; professor bassoon, Texas Christian U., since 1997. Instructor bassoon De Paul University, Chicago, 1973-1976, Northwestern University, Evanston,1979-1984. Member Chicago Pro Musica.
Served to corporal United States Army, 1953-1955. Member International Double Reed Society (honorary).
Married Patricia Joan Bills, December 30, 1952. Children: Joseph, Peter.