I was born in Needham, Massachusetts and I was confirmed at Christ Episcopal Church where my sisters, brother, and I sang in the choir. Christ Church is located across the street form the public library. I have fond early memories of walking with my grandmother to Herd’s Corner to meet the bus that took us to the library. N.C. Wyeth’s original paintings hang in the reading room there and impressed upon me the love of art and the spirit of adventure. I attended public school in Needham and enlisted in the U.S.Marine Corps after high school. I was a Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and Explorer Scout. As an Explorer, I learned to shoot at NRA competitions, and later qualified as an expert marksman with the U.S. Marine Corps. I was a non-commissioned officer and during all of 1968 I was a Combat Engineer attached to 2nd Battalion 9th Marines in Vietnam. I’m a Life Member of VFW.
Following military service I studied at the University of Massachusetts - Boston, the College of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin, and the School of Architecture at the University of Minnesota where I received a BS Architecture Degree from the College of Design. I'm Past Chairman of the Town of York Planning Board and York Conservation Commission. I'm Past President and Chairman of the Board of the Community Wellness Coalition of Kittery, Maine. I worked with the Steering Committee for the Piscataqua Sustainability Initiative and facilitated the Natural Step Study Circles. I'm a past Board Member of the Pinetree Institute of Kittery, Maine and supporter of the Seacoast Peace Academy, Peace Action Maine and Peace Action New Hampshire. I'm a member of the New Hampshire Architects and Engineers Emergency Response Taskforce and FEMA volunteer, and I'm a Member of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. I practiced Architecture in Minnesota and I've been a practicing Architect in Maine and New Hampshire Since 1988.