1928 – Born on the 14th of September in Paris, Linn County, Iowa.
1950-1952 – He was educated first at the University of Maryland, Wiesbaden, and the University of Frankfort.
1953 – He completed his BA at Upper Iowa University.
1956 – Completed his Masters at the University of Iowa.
1966 – Helped put together a campaign that kept Culver in Congress.
1973-1979 – Represented the state of Iowa in the United States Senate.
1976 – He authored the Clark Amendment, which barred aid from the U.S. government to private groups engaged in military or paramilitary operations in Angola.
1979 – He was then appointed by President Jimmy Carter to be Ambassador at Large and United States Coordinator for Refugee Affairs.
1980 – He has served as a senior fellow at the Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies.