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Nov. 14, 1918 - Sept. 11, 2012



Edith Citrynell Hauptman, school teacher and wife of a Nobel laureate, died Sept. 11 at her Amherst home.

She was married to Dr. Herbert Aaron Hauptman, who received the Nobel Prize for chemistry in 1985. He died in 2011.

The Hauptmans met on a blind double date in 1940. Riding bicycles through a park, Herbert Hauptman found that he preferred his friend's date to his own. Much like the drive that inspired his professional success, Hauptman acted on his emotions and within a matter of weeks married Edith Citrynell, also a native of New York City. She was a graduate of Hunter College.

She, like many others of her generation, was a war bride and spent several years alone while her husband served in World War II. They were reunited in 1947, when they made their home in Bethesda, Md.

While her husband conducted the work that eventually earned him the Nobel Prize, she raised their daughters and taught at an elementary school in Bethesda.

In 1970, Herbert Hauptman joined a small, nonprofit biomedical research institute, the Medical Foundation of Buffalo, rising in 1972 to the role of research director and later president. MFB was renamed the Hauptman-Woodward Research Institute to recognize the symbiotic nature to science and philanthropy by honoring Hauptman and Helen Woodward-Rivas, who provided the seed funds for the institute.

Edith Hauptman joined her husband in Buffalo about a year later and began teaching at an elementary school in Kenmore. She adored her students and told stories about them and kept many pieces of their art for the remainder of her life.

She also was a classical music lover and art lover.

She is survived by two daughters, Barbara Hauptman and Carol Fuller. A memorial service will take place at a later date.