Bachelor, Albion College, 1943; Master of Arts, Northwestern University, 1950; Doctor of Philosophy, Northwestern University, 1956.
Teaching fellow University Iowa, Iowa City, 1944-1946. Teacher theater Muskegon (Michigan) Senior High School, 1946-1950. Director theatre Hope College, Holland, Michigan, 1950-1954.
Director theatre, chair department Albion College, 1956-1985. Secretary-treasurer Michigan Speech Communication Association, 1957-1961, board directors, 1980-1984. Founder Albion Commnunity Theatre, 1967, board directors, 1967-1970.
Board of directors Calhoun County Literacy Council, Battle Creek, Michigan, since 1989, History Society, Albion, since 1989, United Methodist Church, Albion, since 1989. Lay delegate West Michigan Methodist Conference, since 1985. Member American Association of University Women (vice president 1969-1972, historian since 1985, board directors Albion chapter since 1987), Michigan Association Speech Communication (life member, 1st. vice president 1987-1989, president since 1989), United Methodist Women (president 1986-1988), Book Review Club (program chair 1990), Albion College Alumni Association (board directors since 1987), Emitte Lucam Tuam Club (2nd vice president 1985-1987, 1st vice president 1987-1989, president since 1989).
Married George A. Manning, March 21, 1958 (deceased). 1 child, Lora Annette Manning.