Bachelor with honors, Wellesley College, 1950. Master of Arts, Haverford College, 1952.
Officer, United States Agency International Development, New Delhi, 1953-1955, 63-64; editor, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, New York City, 1956-1963; editor, Development Digest, National Planning Association, Washington, 1965-1968; staff associate, Commision on International Development, World Bank, Washington, 1969-1970; independent consultant, writer, editor, since 1970.
Member advisory committee Unitarian-Universalist Holdeen India Fund, Washington, since 1984. Board directors Equity Policy Center, Washington, 1980-1985. Member Society International Development (international governing council 1975-1979), Association Women in Development, Asia Society, United Nations Association.
Married James P. Blair, August 13, 1964 (deceased November 2000). Children: David A., Matthew W.