Student, San Diego State College, 1953. Bachelor, University of California at Los Angeles, 1957. Postgraduate, San Diego State College, 1962.
Master of Arts in Teaching, Indiana University, 1966. Postgraduate, Northern Illinois University.
Technical illustrator, Convair Astronautics, San Diego, California, 1952-1953; commercial artist, General Dynamics, San Diego, California, 1957-1959; commercial artist, Tolle Advertising Agency, San Diego, 1959-1960; teaching assistant department art, Indiana U., Bloomington, Indiana, 1964-1966; commercial artist, teacher, Job Corps, Clinton, Iowa., 1966-1968; instructor art, Northeast Louisiana State College, Monroe, 1968-1969; art teacher, The Bishop's School, La Jolla, California, 1962-1964; art teacher, The La Jolla Museum of Art, 1962-1964; instructor art, Mount St. Clare College, Clinton, Iowa., since 1979.
Member Clinton Art Association, Surface Design Assn, American Crafts Council, Iowa Designer Crafts Association, Clinton Art Association (board directors, national exhibition selection committee).
Married Chris J. Bahnsen, June 29, 1969.