Joan T. MacKenzie was born in Massachusetts in 1926. In 1930 her parents were divorced, leading to the unforeseen consequence that she attended thirteen different schools in five different states over the course of her primary and secondary education. She graduated from high school in The City of New York in January, 1944, where she achieved the highest rating in the English Four Years' Regents' Examination.
After doing a six-month stint as a foundry core maker in the WW II war effort, Joan proceeded to Stanford University in California. There she received a B.A. in Biology in 1948 and an M.A. in 1949 from the Stanford University Medical School. Subsequent careers followed in medical research and later in industrial economics. In the latter she was instrumental in effecting equal pay for equal work for the women of professional standing in the involved research organization. She also holds an M.B.A. from Golden Gate University and a J.D. from the University of San Francisco, both in San Francisco, California. Unfortunately her career in the law was cut short by a disabling brain hemorrhage.
Joan has two adult children and lives in northern California. Throughout her adult life she has written poetry, as events and circumstances moved her to do so.