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Dr. Ada Schmidt, one of the founders of the Creative Writing Program at the University of California, Riverside, was a friend and mentor to many writers and poets, and an understanding teacher to a generation of student writers. She died peacefully in her sleep at home in Riverside on February 22, 2017 after years of illness. Preceded in death by her daughter Claudia Schmidt, she is survived by her loved ones: son Steven Schmidt; daughter-in-law Rong-Huey Liu; husband of 59 years Hartland Schmidt; granddaughters Autumn and Aurora; brother Kostek Haussmann; sister-in-law Eileen Haussmann, and their children.
Ada was born in Mannheim, Germany to Dr. Hans and Julitta Haussmann. She immigrated with her parents to the United States in 1948, lived in Sierra Madre, California, and received her baccalaureate and Ph.D. at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research and subsequent publications were analyses of the symbolist poetry of Hugo von Hofmannsthal.
After a period as Instructor in German at UCR during the 1950s and 60s Ada followed her love of poetry by cultivating nurturing friendships with writers, sensitively illuminating their work by participating in and leading poetry groups. She was eventually asked to join in establishing and staffing a creative writing program at UCR, where she became a Lecturer in Creative Writing and helped form the now-thriving Department of Creative Writing. She was much respected for her helpful reading of, commentary on, and encouragement of many Inland Empire writers and generations of UCR creative writing students extending from 1972 until her retirement in 1996.
She will be missed not only by her relatives but by the countless number of students and creative professionals she has touched. Her kind spirit lives on in both their works and their hearts.
A gathering to celebrate the memory of Ada will be announced at a later date.
Published in Press-Enterprise from Mar. 19 to Mar. 20, 2017
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