Jacquelyn Aeby was born in South Bend, Ind., the daughter of Ross and Gladys Kline Aeby. She received the B.A. degree (1940) from the University of Chicago. In addition to being executive secretary (1962-71) of the Chicago Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, she has held secretarial positions in investment banking and real estate management. She has also written more than a dozen books under the names of Vanessa Gray and Jocelyn Carew.