He was born in Asheville, North Carolina, on May 15, 1938, and prepared at Montgomery Bell Academy, in Nashville, Tennessee. A Lowell House resident and ROTC student at Harvard, he received his A.B. with the Class in 1960.
He spent four years on active duty in the navy before entering law school at the University of Michigan, where he completed a J.D. in 1966. He then pursued additional graduate studies at New York University, earning an M.B.A. in 1972 and an LL.M. in 1975.
As a partner in the international law firm of White and Case, he headed the offices in Jakarta, Indonesia, and Ankara, Turkey, between 1983 and 1992 and remained with the firm until his retirement in 1994.
He was an accomplished bluegrass musician who performed as a teenager on the Junior Grand Ole Opry stage, in Nashville, and later in Cambridge was a member of the Charles River Valley Boys.
In retirement he moved from New York City back to his family's farm in Williamson County, Tennessee, where he was an avid organic gardener and an active supporter of many community and charitable organizations, including the Owl's Head Nature Sanctuary.
He is surivived by his son, Robert L. Provine of Brentwood, and his twin daughters, Frances Provine and Harriet Provine of Brooklyn, New York, his sisters Harriet T. Provine of Cambridge and Christina P. Johnson of Boulder, Colorado, his brothers William Provine of Marathon, New York and Robert C. Provine, '66, Ph.D. '79 of College Park, Maryland.