Bachelor of Science in Education, Keene Teachers College, 1960. Master of Education, Harvard University, 1984.
Teacher Wachusett Regional High School, Holden, Massachusetts, 1960-1961. Arts editor Bay State Banner, Boston, 1966—2006. Director education Suffolk County House of Correction, 1979-1984.
Education coordinator Department Transitional Assistant, 1984—2002, retired, since 2002. Lead critic Kay Bourne Arts Report, since 2006. Arts writer EDGE Publications.
Adjunct scholar Northeastern University, since 2006.
Director relations Crime-out, Boston, 1983. Member Governor's Commission on Status of Women, 1970-1974. Co-founder, director Harvard-Radcliffe Forum Theatre, Cambridge, 1964-1968.
Board directors, member American Red Cross Greater Boston, 1987-1995, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Boston, 1978-1981. Member National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (life).
Married William Nettleton Bourne (deceased). Children: William Alexander, Katherine Loring.