At Princeton he majored in chemistry and ate at Terrace. His senior-year roommates were R. Chamberlin, J. Wells, and F. Martin.
As an undergraduate he studied heterocyclic chemistry under Ted Taylor, a new field. Upon graduation he earned a Ph.D. in chemistry in 1961 at Princeton, and then did two years of postdoctoral research in the chemistry department at Brown University. While there he met and later married Susan Weir, who was studying for an MAT degree in chemistry.
In 1963 he moved to the University of Florida as an assistant professor, became a full professor, did research, and taught organic chemistry for 40 years.
The class sends its condolences to his children, Jennifer, Joanna, and Jack; six grandchildren; and his brother Fred.