The principle flautist for the Boston Symphony Orchestra from 1952 to 1990. She has also worked as a music professor at Boston University.
She began studying the flute under her mother when she was eight years old. When she was fifteen, she became a member of the Illinois All-State Orchestra.
She was the first woman to be the principal chair for a major U.S. orchestra and she was also second flute for the National Symphony Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
She has a daughter named Arienne.
She is related to Susan B. Anthony.