Bachelor of Science, University North Carolina, 1945. Bachelor of Laws, Harvard University, 1949.
Partner, Barber and Thompson, Pittsboro, North Carolina, 1949-1958; judge, Superior Court Justices North Carolina, 1958-1960; associate general counsel, Carolina Power & Light Company, 1960-1963; vice president, general counsel, Carolina Power & Light Company, 1963-1967; executive vice president, Carolina Power & Light Company, 1967-1971; Chairman of the Board, chief Executive officer, Potomac Electric Power Company, Washington, 1971-1989; Chairman of the Board, Potomac Electric Power Company, Washington, 1989-1992. Advisory director Potomac Elec. Power Company.
Board of directors National Symphony Orchestra Association. Member Federal City Council, North Carolina General Assembly from Chatham County, 1955-1957. Served to Lieutenant (junior grade) United States Naval Reserve, 1943-1945, PTO. Member American Bar Association, Edison Electric Institute (board directors, past chairman), SoutheasternElectric Exchange (past president), Association Edison Illuminating Companies (pastpres.), Business Council, Business Roundtable, Metropolitan Club, Burning Tree Club, Chevy Chase Club, Rotary, Phi Beta Kappa, Delta Kappa Epsilon.
Married Mary Louise Milliken, August 16, 1952. Children: Mary Elizabeth, William Reid III, John Milliken, Susan Siler.