Bachelor of Science in Education, Northwestern University, 1942. Master of Science in Linguistics, Northeastern Illinois University, 1975. Doctor of Philosophy equivalent in Art (honorary), Art Institute Chicago, 1999.
Copywriter Helene Curtis Industries, Chicago, 1945-1949. Film script writer Filmack, Inc., 1950-1952. Elementary teacher Chicago Board Education, 1957-1977.
Lecturer on art, travel and music Jewish Community Center, Temple Sholom, Chicago, since 1977. Lecturer in field; evening school teacher Chicago Board Education, 1965-1970. Presenter, tour guide Renaissance Court, Chicago, 1988-1995.
Volunteer usher The Saints, Chicago, since 1994. Member Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Washington, since 1995. With United States Marine Corps Women's Reserve, 1944-1946.
Member American Civil Liberties Union, National Defense Research Committee, Docent Association American (delegate since 1990).
Married Stephen Aylward. Married Harold Atkins, June 30, 1968 (deceased February 1992). Children: Rayna Aylward Bomsey, Steven Aylward.
Married H. Jonathan Schwartz, February 2, 1992. Stepchildren: Russel, Meredith Jewell, Aaron.