Bachelor in Psychology and Sociology, Northwestern University, 1953. Master of Fine Arts in Painting, George Washington University, 1968.
Secretary to chief radiologist University Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, 1957—1959. Assistant secretary Philco Corporation, 1959—1960. With Capitol Hill Republican Policy Commission, 1960.
Conference secretary Brookings Institute, Washington, 1962—1965. Secretary John Hopkins School Advanced International Studies, 1965—1968. Teacher District of Columbia Public Schools, 1968—1988.
Retired, 1988; freelance artist, since 1988. Assistant treasurer Columbia Women, Washington, 1977-1978.
Volunteer Arlingtonians For Better Government, since 1988. Member League of Women Voters (environmental committee).
Married April 1958 (divorced January 1968). Married James Porter Straus, June 21, 1980.