In memoriam: Inge Maria Ladenbauer Bellis

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There will be a memorial service on Saturday, Oct. 1, for Inge Maria Ladenbauer Bellis, a former research associate at Yale, who died on Sept. 8 at age 82.

The service will take place at 3:30 p.m. in Dwight Chapel, 67 High St. All are welcome to attend.

Born in Moedling, Austria, Ladenbauer Bellis was the only child of Anna Fuchs and Paul Ladenbauer, who was briefly imprisoned by the Nazis after the Anschluss and died when Ladenbauer Bellis was 10 years old. After overcoming the deprivations of World War II and the vagaries of the Russian occupation of Moedling that followed, Ladenbauer Bellis earned her Ph.D. in chemistry and physics from the University of Vienna in 1954 and became an assistant professor there. She received many awards that led to professional studies and work in Germany, Sweden, England and the University of California-Berkeley.

Ladenbauer Bellis settled in the New Haven area after receiving an offer to be a research associate at Yale’s Heavy Ion Accelerator. When that facility closed in 1975, she retrained herself and became a research associate in the Department of Surgery (orthopedic), where she spent 10 years studying bone, ligament and cartilage diseases. Over the course of her career she co-authored over 50 publications on topics that spanned the breadth and depth of her more than 30 years of research.

Beyond her professional career, Ladenbauer Bellis enjoyed travel, skiing, skating, swimming and playing tennis.

“As her many friends will attest, she was a lot of fun to be around, and was loving and true to each of them - although, as an avid bridge player who hated losing at anything, she could be a little tough on a bridge partner who went astray in his or her play,” notes her son, Marvin. “Her friends will also recall that, true to her nature and background as a scientist, she was honest and outspoken in her views, never hesitating to speak her mind.”

Ladenbauer Bellis is survived by her son Marvin Paul Ladenbauer Bellis and his fiancée Lisa Wilder, her son Christopher Lukas Ladenbauer Bellis and his husband Eddie Bennett, and by her grandchildren, Morgan, Jack, Ronan, David and Sherie.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish to honor Ladenbauer Bellis’ memory are asked to support the Yale University Women’s Organization (YUWO) Scholarship Fund. Send donations to YUWO Assistant Treasurer Joan Lagervall, 1330 Sperry Rd., Cheshire, CT 06410.

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