Bachelor of Fine Arts, Rhode Island School Design, Providence, 1956. At, l'Ecole d'Art Decoraté, France, 1956—1957. Master of Fine Arts, University Kansas, Lawrence, 1967.
Doctor of Fine Arts (honorary), Rhode Island School Design, Providence, 1989.
Assistant to professor department design University Kansas, Lawrence, 1976—1999, professor emeritus, since 1999. Fiberartist
Chair board trustees Haystack School Crafts, Deer Isle, Maine, 1989—1992, life trustee, 2004.
Fellow: American Craft Council. Member: Textile Society of America.
Married Richard A. Schira, December 26, 1956. Children: Marcelle, Eric.