He prepared at Pembroke Country Day School, in Kansas City. At Harvard he lived in Eliot House and belonged to the Hasty Pudding, receiving his A.B., magna cum laude in history, with the Class in 1960. He spent three years in the Peace Corps, teaching history in Malawi. In 1969 he completed his M.B.A. at the University of Missouri, Kansas City.
He began his business career in real estate, with J. C. Nichols Company of Kansas City, and from 1975 to 1979 served as vice chairman of the Missouri Public Service Commission. After moving with his family to Dallas, Texas, in 1980, he became vice president of rates and regulatory affairs at Central and Southwest Corporation. He retired from American Electric Power in 2004.
His favorite pastimes were spending Saturdays in his English garden, listening to classical music, and watching the Dallas Cowboys. He also devoted much time in retirement to writing an opus in eighteen volumes on his perspectives of European history and the American Civil War.
He was survived by his wife of thirty-five years, Nancy (Rich); a daughter, Anne Hines, two sons, Todd Porch and Stephen; and seven grandchildren.