Bachelor in Journalism, Drake University, 1955.
Reporter, copy editor, Des Moines Register, 1955-1958; instructor English and journalism, Grand View College, Des Moines, 1961-1967; writer, editor, Jewish Welfare Federation Newsletter, Des Moines, 1967-1973; researcher, writer, Cowles Encyclopedia, Des Moines, 1967-1973; director media resource service Iowa conference, United Methodist Church, Des Moines, 1973-1979; dirst. supervisor, United States Census Bureau, Webster County, Iowa., 1980; program director, Aldersgate United Methodist Camp, Villisca, Iowa., 1982-1986; free-lance feature writer, Fort Dodge (Iowa) Messenger, 1991.
Certified leader workshops Iowa Conference United Methodist Church, since 1985, chair division Peace and World Order, 1986-1992, chair board of church and society, since 1992. Board directors Planned Parenthood of Greater Iowa, since 1985. Member American Association of University Women (coordinator reproductive choice action Iowa division since 1992), Iowa Women in Ministry (district coordinator since 1991), Iowa United Nations Association, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.
Married Harold Lee Brown, June 27, 1953 (divorced 1978). Children: Kenneth Leland, Louise Ruth Rhode, Keith Harold, Philip Lee. Married Ronald Dean Patrak, May 19, 1979.