Bachelor of Science in Science, Shippensburg University, Pennsylvania, 1941. Post graduate in Biology, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, 1945. Post graduate in Christian Education, Lutheran Theological Seminary, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, 1946—1947.
Post graduate in Christian Education, Lutheran Theological Seminary, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, 1949—1950. Post graduate in Education, University of Pittsburgh, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, 1957—1958. Master of Education, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, 1960. Master of Arts, West Virginia University, Mogantown, West Virginia, 1966. Cultural doctorate in Botany (honorary), World University, Benson, Arizona, 1983.
Lay minister Bedford County Lutheran Churches, Pennsylvania, since 1947. Farmer Buffalo Mills, 1950—1988. Farm consultant, since 1988.
Teacher Chestnut Ridge High School, Fishertown, 1955—1973. Plant taxonomist - herbarium assistant West Virginia University, Morgantown, 1974—1992. Botanist West Virginia Department Natural Resources, Charleston, 1977—1982.
Graduate research assistant in systematic botany West Virginia University, Morgantown, 1978—1979. Plant taxonomist and vegetation analyst Academic Associate, Inc., 1979—1982. Senior lecturer plant taxonomy Frostburg State University, Maryland, 1989, 1990.
Participant Rare Plant Survey of West Virginia, 1979—1981. President Chestnut Ridge Education Association, 1967—1969. Charter member Bedford Farm Cooperative.
Sergeant Signal Corps United States Army, 1942-1946.
Project leader Bedford County 4-H, Pennsylvania, 1974—1989. Pastor emeritus Mount Olive Lutheran Church, Fairhope. Member Mount Olive Lutheran Church, since 1973.
Member of American Automobile Association, West Virginia Academy of Sciences (life), National Association Biology Teachers (life), American Society Plant Taxonomists (life), World War II Memorial Society (charter member), Scotland School Veterans Children (life), Pennsylvania State College Education Alumni Association (life), National Retired Teachers Association (life), Pennsylvania State Alumni Association (life), West Virginia University Alumni Association (life), American Legion (life), Phi Epsilon Phi, Phi Delta Kappa.
Married Esther Irene Ringler, April 20, 1946. Children: Joyce Elaine, Carol Ann, Paul Luther, David Allen.