Prior to his death, he was a renowned scientist, specializing in deep space exploration and first contact missions.
Born in 2308 on Earth in Burbank Califonronia, to a singing cowboy and an actress mother, he had been proceeded by older brother Thomas.
In 2365 the ship encountered a quantum singularity, heavily damaging the Oberth class science vessel, killing himself and several other crew members. Rivers assumed command and managed to limp the ship at warp three to Starbase 41. She later escorted his body home to his children.