Master of Arts with honours 1st class, St. Andrews University, Scotland, 1964. Master of Letters in Ancient Philosophy, Edinburgh University, 1966. Postgraduate, Bristol (England) University, 1967.
Teacher classics, Godalming County School, Surrey, England, 1966-1969;
head of classics, Godalming County School, Surrey, England, 1969-1974;
principal lecturer in classics, Jordanhill College Education, Glasgow, 1974-1990;
head division language and literature, head of classics, Jordanhill College Education, Glasgow, 1990-1993;
head of language education, head of classics, Faculty of Education, Strathclyde U., Glasgow, since 1993. Classics panel representative Scottish Examination Board, Dalkeith, Scotland, 1978-1987, 93-. Secretary 1st consultative panel on classics Scottish Consultative Committee on the Curriculum, Dundee, 1980-1986, national development officer for Latin and Greek, Edinburgh, 1983-1992.
In-service consultant on all aspects of classics and teacher education, Scotland, England and Northern Ireland, since 1974. Member National Committee on Mentoring (Partnership in Education). Member specialist group for classical languages Higher Still Education Program Scotland, 1996-1997.
Museum director Godalming Theatre Group, 1968-1974. Church organist Baldernock Parish Church, Glasgow, since 1979. Member Joint Association for Classics Teachers, Classical Association, Association of Classics Teachers.
Married Patricia Kathleen Youngfir, August 11, 1973. Children: Desmond Francis, Helen Victoria, Matthew David.