BJ with distinction, University Kansas, 1964. Postgraduate, Harper College, 1972.
Reporter, Kansas Missouri Star, 1964-1965; editorial assistant, American Telephone & Telegraph Company Company, Kansas City, 1965-1966; public relations director, American Red Cross, Fort Wayne, Indiana, 1970-1971; reporter, Barrington (Illinois) Press, 1974; staff writer, Wilmette (Illinois) Life, 1974-1977; publications editor, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 1977-1980; associate director finance development, Young Men’s Christian Association Metropolitan Chicago, 1980-1981; director public relations, Young Men’s Christian Association Metropolitan Chicago, 1981-1983; freelance writer, Winnetka, Illinois, since 1983.
Member Midwest Writers Association (membership chairman 1986-1988, vice president since 1990), Midwest Travel Writers Association, Off Campus Writers Workshop (summer program chairman 1987-1990, vice president 1990-1991), The Writers (Deerfield, Illinois), Children's Reading Round Table, Woman's Club of Wilmette (public affairs chairman 1985-1988), Women in Communications (North Shore chapter president 1979-1980).
Married Stephen E. Shade, September 7, 1963 (divorced 1974). 1 child, Stephen Edward Junior. Married Richard E. Thompson, June 21, 1975.