Bachelor of Science, Michigan State University, 1941; postgraduate, Harvard University, 1943-1944; Doctor of Laws (honorary), University Wisconsin, 1973.
Youth editor, Hoard's Dairyman magazine, W.D. Hoard & Sons Company, Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, 1941-1942;
associate editor, Hoard's Dairyman magazine, W.D. Hoard & Sons Company, 1946-1949;
editor, Hoard's Dairyman magazine, W.D. Hoard & Sons Company, since 1949;
president, treasurer, general manager, Hoard's Dairyman magazine, W.D. Hoard & Sons Company, since 1972. President National Brucellosis Committee, 1955-1966, chairman Wisconsin committee, 1951-1960. Member of national agricultural advising committee, 1961-1962, national advising committee on trade negotiations, 1976-1982.
Board directors First American Bank and Trust, Distric.I. Marketing, Inc.
President Fort Atkinson Board Education, 1948-1959. Board visitors University Wisconsin, 1979-1984. Trustee University Research Park, Inc., 1984-1993.
Board directors Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance, 1976-1998. Lieutenant United States Naval Reserve, 1942-1946. Fellow American Dairy Science Association.
Member Agricultural Publications Association (president 1979-1981), American Newspaper Publications Association, American Veterinary Medical Association (honorary), American Jersey Cattle Club (honorary), American Agricultural Economics Association, Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association (honorary), Rotary (International Service citation 1956), Alpha Gamma Rho, Alpha Zeta (Centennial Honor Roll award 1997).
Married Jane Edith Shaw, June 15, 1941. Children: Georgia Knox Mode, William David II, Randall S., Brian V.