I was born in Pennsylvania and grew up in Indiana.  Most of those years I lived on farms and learn to appreciated nature.  In spite of being close to the land, I never developed any interest in being a farmer.  In my adult life I have lived in various states, California, Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky and North Carolina.  I have always had a deep interest in religion and am currently serving as a lay pastor at Immanuel Presbyterian Church in China Grove, North Carolina.
Education
Ph.D., Stanford University, Stanford, California, 1969
B.A., Manchester College, North Manchester, Indiana, 1965
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
I am an organic chemist by training and spent 25 years teaching chemistry at Catawba College.  During my years at Catawba I developed a deep and abiding interest in environmental chemistry.  As I worked in the field, I became very aware of the needed of those students not majoring in science to be introduced to the basics of environmental chemistry.  I have endeavored over a number of years to present environmental chemistry to non-science students.
Personal Interests
I spent my professional life as a chemist and teacher, but I always had a deep interest in religion, history, and politics.  Beyond that I enjoy reading, travel, television, and playing cards.