Julie attended Vanderbilt University and was a staff writer for the Nashville Tennessean from 1958 - 1965. Her in-depth series, "The Truth About Welfare,” was singled out for national award submissions and was honored by Pulitzer winner Edgar May. From 1973 - 1980, Julie served as Art Editor for the Nashville Banner's Lifestyles Department. From 1980 - 1984 she served as Public Information Officer for Nashville Mayor Richard Fulton, where she coordinated the development and opening celebration of Riverfront Park in downtown Nashville. Following years were spent in marketing and public relations for various architectural firms and organizations. For many decades Julie served as a board member, director and committee chair of civic, cultural and non-profit organizations including opera, symphony, art museums, preservation societies, theater and civic clubs. She was a member of countless philanthropic organizations including the Vanderbilt Women's Club, La Bella Notte, The Symphony Guild, Friends of Cheekwood, Centennial Club and University Club.
She was a meticulous creator, writer, artist and story-teller whose influence helped shape a changing, growing city and continues to shape the lives of those who loved her. Her infectious charm, gift for conversation, insatiable curiosity and zest for life were one-of-a-kind.