Student, University Vermont, 1943-1945; Juris Doctor cum laude, Boston University, 1948.
Individual practice law, Burlington, 1948-1949; individual practice law, Rutland, Vermont, 1949-1959, 73—; city prosecutor, City of Rutland, 1957-1963; commissioner, Vermont Department Employment Security, 1963-1973; treasurer, State of Vermont, 1975-1977; director, United States Mint, Department Treasury, Washington, 1977-1981. Chairman Vermont Municipal Bond Bank, 1975-1977.
Member Vermont Advisory Committee on Mental Retardation, Interdept. Council on Aging, Commission on Status Women, Human Resource Inter-Agency Committee, Emergency Resource Priorities Board, Information Planning Council, Legislation Council Equal Opportunity Committee, Vermont Industrial Development Authority, Vermont Housing Finance Agency, Vermont Claims Commission, Vermont Teachers Retirement Fund. Board, Vermont Home Mortgage Guaranty Board.
Chairman Vermont State Employees Retirement Fund. Ex-officio member National Manpower Advisory Committee, 1971-1972, Federal Advisory Council on Unemployment Insurance, 1971-1972. President Rutland Girl Scouts Leaders Association, 1949-1950, Rutland League Women Voters, 1951-1952, Rutland Council Jewish Women, 1955-1956.
Chairman womens division Rutland Community Chest Doctor, 1952, Rutland County-Vermont Association for Blind, 1953-1956. President Rutland County Democratic Women's Association, 1956-1963. Treasurer Rutland City Democratic Committee, 1957-1963.
Former representative office women's activities Democratic National Committee, Regional Council I., Women's Civil Defense Councils. Member Vermont board Girl Scouts United States of America. Chairman Arlington County Tenant-Landlord Commission, Virginia, since 1986.
Member citizen police review board City of Naples, Florida, since 2006. Member of League of Women Voters, American Association of University Women (president Rutland County branch 1961-1962), Interstate Conference Employment Security Agencies (vice president region I 1966-1968, legislation committee 1969, senior vice president 1970-1971, president 1971-1972), American Society Public Administration, Vermont Council Social Agencies, Business and Professional Women's Club, Rutland County Bar Association 1973, Vermont Bar Association, Emblem (director 1960-1963), Woodmont Country. International (Washington), Moorings Country Club (Naples, Florida) (board directors since 2003), Emblem Club (director 1960-1963), Delta Phi Epsilon.
Married Donald Herman Hackel, August 14, 1949. Children: Susan Jane, Cynthia Anne. Married Arthur Sims, August 28, 1980.