Adeline L. Naiman
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NAIMAN, Adeline L. Of Lincoln, MA died March 25. At 85, she had enjoyed a diversely productive professional life as an editor of literature and creator of innovative educational programs. Her parents were Joseph Lubell of Leeds, England and Jennie Samuel of Darsuniskis, Lithuania. She was raised in Cambridge, MA and attended both Girls' Latin School and Hebrew Teachers College. A brilliant student, she graduated early from Radcliffe College (American History and Literature 1945, Class of '46) before becoming the youngest editor at Little, Brown. She was the first editor to take note of Norman Mailer's first novel; though unable to persuade her house to accept The Naked and the Dead due to its perceived obscenity, her efforts led to its publication elsewhere. (The two became close and lifelong friends, and - wearing her signature Marimekko dresses - she later played the president of an elite women's college in Mailer's film Maidstone.) She subsequently worked as a trade-book editor at Ziff-Davis, J.B. Lippincott and Beacon Press, and was a scriptwriter for Coronet Instructional Films.In 1947, Adeline married physicist Mark Naiman, then at Harvard. The couple moved to Chicago and then Philadelphia, where Mark contributed to the early development of commercial digital computers at Univac and there invented the ink-jet printer. After their return to the Boston area in 1962, she became a pioneer in the use of personal computers in primary education. From 1965 to 1979 she was engaged in developing and refining the Elementary Science Study curriculum at Educational Services Inc. (later Education Development Center) as Assistant to the President and Director of Publications. She made similar contributions as Managing Director at Technical Education Research Centers (1979-82), Director of Software at HRM Software (1982-88), Director of Education at The Computer Museum 1988-90), and Director of Academic Development and Instructional Design at Massachusetts Corporation for Educational Telecommunications (1990-94). In addition to her formal career, Adeline consulted to the Smithsonian Institution, and served on boards and committees for the Museum Institute for Teaching Science, the Whale Conservation Institute, Journal of Science Education and Technology, the Educational Technology Advisory Council, Lesley College, Radcliffe, the Metro Boston YWCA, the Worcester EcoTarium, Lincoln's Disabilities Commission, and many other organizations. She was a valued mentor to a wide range of younger professionals, and was deeply committed to the empowerment and education of girls and women, especially in mathematics and the sciences. She extended her passion to a variety of artistic activities as well, performing for many years with the MIT and Lexington Choral Societies, and frequently enjoying chamber and orchestral music, museum exhibitions and garden displays. Adeline was predeceased by husband Mark and her beloved brother Cecil of Wellfleet, and is survived by her children in Massachusetts: Joris and his wife Lesya (Waltham), Alaric (Lincoln) and Kieron (South Deerfield) as well as sisters-in-law Winifred Milius Lubell and Elaine Naiman Taibi. Interment will be in Lincoln on Monday, 28 March at 1:00PM, with a celebration of her life to follow later in the year. (Please contact her family for more information.) In lieu of flowers, contributions are invited to the Lincoln Council on Aging or the Lydian String Quartet at Brandeis University.


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Published in Boston Globe from Mar. 26 to Mar. 27, 2011.
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June 3, 2011
I was sorry to be out of town for the service
May 26, 2011
When and where is the memorial service on Sunday?
Merle Bruno
May 25, 2011
I shall always remember Adeline as a many talented woman and a very dear friend during my time at EDC and TERC. I'll extend my deepest sympathy to her family.
Inge Najarian
Inge Najarian
May 3, 2011
When I was a curriculum developer at ESS, Adeline taught me to write and taught me that a brilliant editor (and good friend) rips apart your writing so that you better understand what you meant to say--and then you learn to say it. Over the subsequent 38 years I passed on what I learned from her to my science students and it made them better scientists.
Merle Bruno
April 28, 2011
Adeline remains a star in my Philadelphia decade. It pains me that my recent efforts to reconnect came just a bit too late. I look forward to seeing her sons after all these years.
Barbara Walker
April 12, 2011
My condolences to the Naiman boys. Your Mom was a large colorful presence in my youth, good friend to my mother, and a cherished neighbor to my Dad and Beverly.
Julie Eckhardt Huljack
April 8, 2011
Adeline, you were so modest about your amazing life. A lot of things I do here in Lincoln seem to have a void in the middle because you're not there (e.g., films at the COA) and how about your almost daily emails to liven my life in the un-intellectual tropics? I hope you knew, while you lived, that you were special to me. How you soldiered on! Love, Diana
Diana Abrashkin
April 7, 2011
My sympathies to your family. Adeline was a sweet woman and I've missed her at the Lydian Concerts since Mark's passing. May she rest in peace.
Shawna Kelley
April 7, 2011
Adeline was an intellectual gadfly that for many years prodded a reluctant world of education and educators forward despite their efforts to resist. There have always been too few of her like and now there is one fewer - she will be missed by many.

Judah L. Schwartz
March 27, 2011
Adeline Naiman was one of the incredibly accomplished women of my Mother's generation that set a shining example of the potential for those of us who travel the road after her. She demonstrated with her life the value of education for all.
My condolences to my friend, Alaric and his brothers.
Lois Tetreault
March 26, 2011
Adeline was so so so special.
Elsa Dorfman
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