Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Michigan State University, 1952.
Technical library, Dow Chemical Company, Midland, Michigan, 1952-1953; chemical abstractor, Shell Development Company, Emeryville, California, 1954-1957; administrative assistant to vice president research and medical affairs, Miles laboratories, Inc., Elkhart, Indiana, 1957-1960; chemist, Illinois Cereal Mills, Inc., Paris, Illinois, 1976-1990; technical writer, Paris, since 1987.
President PTO, Paris, Illinois, 1968. Troop leader Covered Bridge council Girl Scouts United States, Terre Haute, Indiana, 1968-1973, board directors, 1976-1989, district chair, 1976-1980, vice president, committee chair, committee member, 1976-1989. Member American Chemical Society, Society for Technology Communication.
Married Earl Jack Swarthout, March 28, 1953. Children: Paul Alan, Susan Diane.