Attended high school at Osawatomie, Kansas, from 1951 to 1955. Participated in football, basketball and track. In football, lettered all four years and was named all-conference in his junior and senior years. Lettered three years in basketball and was named to the all-conference team as a senior. Lettered three years as a member of the track team.
Enrolled at Baker in the fall of 1955 and made an immediate impact on the football team. Went on to play and letter all four years. Was named a member of the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference all-conference team as a junior and senior and as a member of the NAIA All-American second team after his senior campaign, helping the Wildcats to the conference championship that year. Participated as a member of the varsity track team as a sophomore and intramural basketball for four years. Member of the University’s “B” Club. Graduated with a degree in social studies and physical education.
Following teaching stints in the elementary school of Linwood, Kansas, and the high school in Overbrook, Kansas, enrolled at the University of Kansas and worked as an instructor in the Reading and Study Skills Laboratory while he completed work on two additional degrees, an Ed.S., and an Educational Doctorate that was conferred in 1967.
In his career, served as an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, from 1969 to 1972; as associate professor of special education at the George Peabody College for Teachers in Nashville, Tenn., from 1972 to 1976, and in 1976 was named professor of special education and served at George Peabody until 1990.
He retired in 2002 as the senior scientist from the University of Kansas’ affiliated program at the Schiefelbusch Institute of Life Span Studies in Parsons, Kansas, where he was an honorary professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Life of the Department of Special Education.
Served in numerous administrative roles in the field of higher education, won fifteen separate grants for studies in his field, maintained several professional affiliations in organizations within his field, authored or co-authored an impressive number of articles for books and journals in his field of study, and was widely sought after as a speaker. In this regard, delivered some 45 separate major presentations to scholarly meetings.
Additionally was presented with a Leadership Award for lifetime contributions to the education of children with EBD, and the Outstanding Service Award from the Midwest Symposium for Leadership in Behavior Disorders. Had the annual award to the Outstanding Graduate Student in Teacher Preparation at the Special Education Department of Vanderbilt University named in his honor.