Born in Evergreen, Alabama, George William Kelly has lived most of his adult life in New York City’s Borough of Manhattan. He is now retired after a career in journalism and public relations. He attended the University of Alabama and the University of Pennsylvania and holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University. His wife, Jain Wright Kelly, is a writer-editor-historian in the field of art photography. Their daughter, Georgette V. Kelly, a playwright and educator, lives in Chicago.