He was born in Brockton, Massachusetts, on December 26, 1938, and graduated from West Bridgewater (Massachusetts) High School. He lived in Kirkland House while at Harvard and received his A.B. in physics with the Class in 1960. In 1963 he completed an M.A. in economics at Georgetown University.
A chartered financial analyst, he began a long career in the investment industry as a securities analyst at Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Company, in Hartford. He joined the Boston office of Fidelity Management Services in 1969. In 1972 he founded his own business, Contravisory Research and Management.
In search of a high-quality, family-oriented education for his many children, he cofounded the Montrose School for girls, in Medfield, Massachusetts, and the Westbridge School for boys, formerly in Brighton.
He was survived by his wife of forty-seven years, Phyllis (Reddy); six daughters, Christine Reinemann, Mary Elleen Patton, Elizabeth Daly, Katherine Russo, Margaret, and Pauline Studebaker; four sons, Michael, Philip, William, and Joseph; his mother, Christine; a sister, Elizabeth Lukens; and twenty-five grandchildren.