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MARGARET (COLEMAN) HAAS Obituary
Haas, Margaret (Coleman)
Died peacefully on August 31, 2013 at the age of 84. She was pre-deceased by her husband, Felix (Phil) Haas, Provost Emeritus of Purdue University. She is survived by three stepchildren and their spouses, Richard (Ann Mitchell), Elizabeth (Steven Edersheim), and David (Dana Stevens), and seven grandchildren. Four brothers and sisters also survive Margaret: Maureen (Coleman) Peck, James Coleman, Helen (Coleman) Saltzman and Kathleen Hart, along with many nieces and nephews. A brother, John Coleman, and a sister, Christine Coleman, pre-deceased Margaret. She has been a friend and inspiration to many and her family will miss her dearly. Margaret graduated from Cambridge High & Latin High School in 1946 with highest honors. She then matriculated at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, graduating in 1950. The MIT Class of 1950 had nearly 1,100 members ranging in age from 19 to 32 at the time of their graduation. It was the largest class to that point and for at least a decade thereafter, as soldiers returning from World War II mixed with fresh-faced high school graduates. Fewer than 10 of the student-body were women. Margaret was an active Member of the Corporation (board of trustees) at MIT (1988-93) and served as President of AMITA (Association of MIT Alumni) from 1980-84. She was most recently involved in volunteer work at International Center in West Lafayette. She and Phil made West Lafayette, Indiana their home and were both active members of the Purdue University community. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to either MIT or The Felix Haas Memorial Fund, established at Purdue University to support faculty members with young children who wish to have the time to pursue their passion for scientific or applied research without having the burden of a heavy teaching load. Donations may be made to: The Felix Haas Memorial Fund, Purdue University, 403 West Wood Street, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907. A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Peter Church, Cambridge, MA, for the immediate family.
Published in The Boston Globe on Sept. 4, 2013
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