Marietta College graduate of 1956. J.D. from University of Michigan in 1959. Retired Partner of the firm of Baker & Hostetler in Cleveland. He was the first recipient of the Wellman Award from the Joint Editorial Board for Trust and Estate Acts in recognition of his service to it for over the last thirty-five years. Founding Editor-in-Chief of Probate Law Journal of Ohio, a commercial journal for Ohio probate practitioners, he has negotiated or litigated tax cases presenting novel issues of estate and gift inclusion, asset valuation and tax deduction qualification. Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, the national society of probate specialists. Has served on MAAP. Married to Marietta College graduate Lois Gilbert Brucken, '58; they live in Cleveland, Ohio. They have four adult children; one, Nancy ’83, is a Marietta College graduate.