Bachelor, Skidmore College, 1947. Master of Arts, Georgia State University, 1971. Doctor of Philosophy, Georgia State University, 1978.
Graduate assistant, teaching assistant Georgia State University, Atlanta, 1971—1978. Lecturer history Southern Technology Institute, Marietta, 1978—1980, assistant professor, since 1980. Board directors Public Broadcasting Association, Greater Atlanta, since 1981, treasurer, since 1983, executive committee, since 1983.
Board directors Atlanta Arts Festival, 1953—1959, president, 1962—1963, Young Women’s Christian Association, 1964—1965.
President American Jewish Committee, 1971—1983. Member Grand Jurors' Association Fulton County. High Museum Art. Selected for American Jewish Committee's Academicians' seminar in Israel, 1978.
Member of Association Bibliography History, Humanities Technology Association, Atlanta History Society, Georgia Association Historians (executive council since 1981, editor newsletter since 1981), Southern History Association, American History Association, English Speaking Union Club (London), Mu Tau (president Georgia State University chapter 1974-1975), Phi Alpha Theta.
Married David Edward Hein, June 22, 1947. Children: Sally Lee, Merideth Hein Northcutt.