Alice Ann Tipton LaFleur was born at Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Virginia, on December 22, 1953, the younger daughter of General James Baird Tipton and Ann Livingston Little. As the children of an Air Force officer, she and her sister Catharine grew up all over the world-in Japan, Korea, and Turkey, and stateside in Virginia, Alabama, and Florida. As she moved around, Alice traveled widely in Europe, the Middle East, and throughout North America. She earned degrees in both botany and plant pathology from Colorado State University and did graduate work in plant biochemistry at the University of Georgia. Alice and her first husband settled in Oglethorpe County, outside Athens, Georgia, where they raised two children, Sarah Jane Whatley and Tipton James Whatley. In 2005 she married Richard A. (Rick) LaFleur, a professor of Classics now retired from the University of Georgia. The two reside for most of the year in the home she designed for them on the banks of Lake Oglethorpe, and they spend several weeks each fall, winter, and spring at their cottages in Apalachicola, Florida, and Little Switzerland, North Carolina. Alice's foremost passions are her family, her gardens, and the local live music scene.