Bachelor, Willamette University, 1945. STB, Boston University, 1948. Doctor of Philosophy, Boston University, 1953.
Doctor of Divinity (honorary), Lewis and Clark University, 1965.
Executive director, Interchurch Council of Greater New Bedford, Massachusetts, 1953-1958; executive director, Greater Portland (Oregon) Council of Churches, 1958-1970; president, director, Church Council of Greater Seattle, 1970-1990; retired, 1990. Vice president National Council of Churches, New York City, 1970-1973. President National Association of Ecumenical Staff, 1972-1973.
Served with United States Navy, 1943-1946. Member of Rotary.
Married Janice McLeod Patterson, August 20, 1946. Children: Lucy, Nancy, Michael, Sara, Rebecca, Mary.