Appointed to the Iowa Supreme Court August 19, 1980, upon the retirement of Justice Warren J. Rees.
Born at Deep River, Iowa, March 24, 1927, he graduated from Central College and in 1949 received an LL.B. degree from Drake University Law School. A World War II United States Navy veteran, he practiced law in Marengo for more than 15 years, He served as Iowa County Attorney from 1960 through 1968, and as district judge for the Sixth Judicial District for nine years beginning in 1971.
He has been president of the Iowa Judges Association and a member of the Iowa State Bar Association Board of Governors.