Bachelor, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, 1958. Master of Arts, George Washington University, Washington, District of Columbia, 1975.
Guest curator, Baltimore Museum Art, 1971-1977; director cultural affairs, Chevy Chase (Maryland.) Savings & Loan, Inc., 1978-1981; director special partnership projects, National Education Association, Washington, 1982-1983; founding president, The Trust for Museum Exhbns., Washington, since 1984. Organizer over 60 national and international music exhibitions for more than 240 music.
United States commissioner Cagnes-Sur-Mer International Afts Festival, France, 1977, 78. Member women's committee Washington Opera, since 1993. Board directors Friends of Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, 1975-1976, Strathmore Hall Arts Center, Rockville, Maryland, 1978-1980, American Swedish History Museum, Philadelphia, 1987-1989, United States World Federation Friends of Museum, since 1995.
Member National Society Arts and Letters, Society Women Geographers, American Association Museum, International Council Museum, American Association Royal Academy Trust, American Friends of the Hermitage Museum, American Friends of French Heritage, Circuit of the National Gallery of Art, Sulgrave Club, Cosmos Club.
Married Willis Van Devanter, December 27, 1958 (divorced May 1974). 1 child, Susan Earling Van Devanter (Mistress John Philip Newell). Married Lewis Raynham Townsend, December 10, 1983.