AB magna cum laude, Pembroke College, Brown University, 1941. Postgraduate, Mount Holyoke College, 1942—1943.
Reserve book librarian, Brown U., 1941-1942; annotator ship's papers, John Carter Brown Library, Providence, 1943-1944; librarian, Science Service, Washington, 1944-1945; partner, Shoe String Press, Hamden, Connecticut, 1952-1958; secretary, treasurer, Shoe String Press, Inc., 1958-1968; president, treasurer, Shoe String Press, Inc., 1968-1980; also board directors, Shoe String Press, Inc. secretary-treasurer, director, Tompson-Malone, Inc., book manufacturers, 1967-1980; president, treasurer, director, Tompson & Rutter, Inc., 1980-1989.
Vice president class 1941 Pembroke College, 1967-1973, 76-91, president, 1973-1976, head class agent, 1979-1985, bequests and trust chairman, 1979-1990, 40th reunion gift committee, 1980, co-chair 50th reunion gift committee, 1990-1991, 55th reunion gift committee, 1995-1996, 65th reunion gift committee, 2006. Special projects advisory panel New Hampshire Commission on Arts, 1980-1984. Member natural resources committee Grantham, 1980.
Member Grantham Planning Board, 1981-1987, secretary, 1981-1983, chairman, 1985-1987. Chairman Grantham Recycling Committee, 1988-1989, Grantham History Society, 1992-1996, Habitat for Humanity-Kearsarge/Sunapee chapter, 1989-1994. Member Diocesan Altar Guild Board, 1990-1993, secretary, 1991-1992.
Volunteer Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, 1991-2003. Member vestry St. Paul's Episcopalian Church, 1997-2008, junior warden, 1998-2000, Christ Church Episcopal, 2008-2010. Associate Holy Cross Monastery, West Park, New York.
Member American Civil Liberties Union (life), League of Women Voters (editor newsletter 1987-1989), Associate Alumni Brown University (board directors 1981-1983), Nicholas Brown Society, Pembroke Center Associates (council 1984-1986), Sierra Club, Episcopal Peace Fellowship, Phi Beta Kappa.
Married John H. Ottemiller, March 24, 1943. Children: Joan Tompson Gillum, John Tompson Ottemiller. Married William D. Rutter, October 26, 1970.