At Columbia he was president of the Philolexian Society.In 1945 he transferred to Harvard University for graduate study in Far Eastern languages. Studied psychology, literature and philosophy at the University of South Florida. In 1937 fought in the Spanish Civil War, one of two Americans chosen to lead guerrilla warfare behind Franco's lines. Several of his pieces of writing published in the New Masses.
In 1945 became common-law wife of William Burroughs who accidentally shot her in the head in Mexico City, September 1951.
Walter Wood Adams was born in New York and attended St Paul's School, Manhattan before Columbia University, where he met Kerouac and Ginsberg.
Later became famous film editor and director, credited with inventing the freeze frame and jump cut, as employed in "Girl of the Night" (1960). Kerouac's journal shows that he was present at a party with Ayer and others at John Clellon Holmes' apartment, November 1948.
Co-directed and edited the commended documentary of the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival "Jazz on a Summer's Day" (1959). Virginia Bailey was born in New York City, the daughter of a singing teacher father and piano teacher mother.
Virginia returned to New York and worked as a guitar-playing folksinger in Greenwich Village as Ginny Mayhew, using her mother's maiden name.