Lida Mayo was a graduate of Randolph-Macon Woman's College. She served as a historian at the Military Air Transport Service from 1946 to 1950 and from 1950 to 1962 at the Office of the Chief of Ordnance, where she was the chief historian until that office merged with the Office, Chief of Military History, the predecessor of the U.S. Army Center of Military History. She is the author of The Ordnance Department: On Beachhead and Battlefront and coauthor of The Ordnance Department: Planning Munitions for War, both in the U.S. Army in World War II series. Her commercially published works include Henry Clay, Rustics in Rebellion, Bloody Buna, and a number of journal articles. She retired from federal service in 1971 and died in 1978.
Source: The Corps of Engineers, 1985, page vi.