Born deaf in Chicago; Illinois public schools; graduated Evanston Township High School and Southern Illinois University. To the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 1969; completed his Ph.D. in geology in 1974. First worked for the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), taught geology, worked for Gulf Research in Texas, then.worked as an uranium prospector for Bendix Field Engineering Corp. in Colorado.
We Can!, vol. 1, p.37-41.