Bachelor, Rice University, 1953.
President, H & C Communications, Inc., 1979-1983; Chairman of the Board, chief Executive officer, H & C Communications, Inc., 1983-1996; lieutenant governor, Texas, 1973-1991; chancellor, University of Houston Sys., 1995-1997. Sid Richardson professor Lyndon B. Johnson School Public Affairs, University Texas, Austin, 1990-1997. Radoslav Tsanoff professor Rice U., Houston, since 1991.
Served to lieutenant (junior grade) United States Naval Reserve, 1953-1957.
Married Diana Poteat Stallings, September 11, 1954. Children: Laura Poteat Beckworth, Paul William, Andrew Purefoy, Katherine Pettus Gibson.