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.
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.