I was born November 23, 1930, in Des Moines, Iowa, grew up in the town of Van Meter, Iowa, and graduated from high school there in June of 1948. I entered Drake University in Des Moines that fall. In June of 1951, I withdrew from Drake and enlisted in the Air Force. I received my basic airman training at Lackland AFB, Texas, and then was stationed at Craig AFB, Selma, Ala., as an OJT A&E mechanic. In December of 1951 I entered Pilot Class 52-H at Bartow AB, Florida. After completion of my basic, I was sent to Vance AFB, Enid, Oklahoma, for my advanced training and received my commission and pilot’s wings there in December of 1952.
I was assigned to the 582nd Air Resupply Squadron at Mountain Home, Idaho, flying B-29’s. In 1953, the Squadron was moved to Great Falls, Montana, and then overseas to Molesworth, England, where I was stationed for the remainder of my time in the Air Force. While at Molesworth, in addition to my flight duties, I served as Trial Counsel for several courts-martial and then as Deputy Provost Marshal. I was discharged in 1955 at the completion of my Specified Period of Time Contract and returned to Drake University, where I met my wife to be. After graduating from Drake with honors in 1957, I entered Harvard Law School. I received my JD at Harvard in 1960 and entered the practice of law in Chicago, on the legal staff of the First National Bank. In 1962 I was appointed Deputy Comptroller of the Currency, in charge of oversight of national bank fiduciary activities, in Washington, DC. While in this position I was the author of 12 CFR 9, commonly known as Regulation 9, which is still the primary authority in this area.
In 1999 I retired from government and joined the law firm now known as Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis, in Washington, DC. I am still in the practice of law with this firm. My wife and I have two children, and two grandchildren.