Associate of Arts, Gardner-Webb Junior College, Boiling Springs, North Carolina, 1958. Bachelor of Science in Geology and Mathematics, University North Carolina, 1960. Master of Arts in Communications, University North Carolina, 1964.
Supervisory medical technologist, North Carolina Memorial Hospital, Chapel Hill, 1960-1962;
graduate teaching instructor, U. North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1962-1964;
assistant professor communications, U. Kansas, Lawrence, 1964-1966;
assistant professor language studies, DeKalb College, Clarkston, Georgia, 1966-1968;
supervisory writer-editor, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, 1968-1981;
director science communications program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, 1981-1991;
international health consultant, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, since 1991. Member curriculum committee Southern Polytechnic State University, Marietta, Georgia, since 1994. Workshop leader Advanced Curriculum Program, Bethesda, Maryland., since 1990.
Guest lecturer Carter Center, Emory University, Atlanta, since 1994, Emory University School Public Health, since 1990.
Fellow Southern Modern Language Association. Member Modern Language Association, American Medical Writers Association, Federal Publications Committee, National Association Government Communicators.
Daughter of Philip Lovin and Maurine (Carringer) Elliott. Divorced; children: Philip, Eleanor, Marla.