William "Bill" Paul Hauser of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania passed away on March 14, 2021. He was 86 years old .
Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Bill was the son of the late Louis William Hauser and Marie Hafertepen Hauser.
“Bill” Hauser loved to learn - in school, from his friends, and throughout his life. The son of a tailor and a housewife, he was the first member of his family to graduate from high school and college. He attended the University of Notre Dame and would go on to earn his Ph.D. in chemistry at the University of Rochester. Holding two postdoctoral fellowships, one at the Carnegie Institute and the other at his Alma Mater, Notre Dame, he became an expert in physical and photochemistry. His learning was not only restricted to the classroom. During college he worked as an assistant to a pipe fitter at Cincinnati Chemical Works, a job he credited for learning many of the practicalities that shaped his career. He continued to be inspired by others well after his formal education. Whether it was art, history or the appreciation of music he continued to take classes and engage in the life of the mind. Bill was exceptional at whatever professional task he set before him. He was employed at NASA, at DuPont, and finished his career at Ratner and Prestia. Beginning as a bench chemist working on issues of basic science and their application to industry, Bill would obtain two patents. It was during his time at DuPont that Bill found his professional calling, intellectual property, where he developed patents for scientists working in the corporation. His competency was well recognized and upon his retirement he co-founded the Wilmington office of Breneman, Georges & Krikelis to continue his work on intellectual property. His career in patent law is distinguished by a record in which not one of his numerous patent filings was ever overturned.
Bill was also a skilled and passionate photographer, marrying his loves of chemistry and art. Whether it was on his many travels with his beloved wife Jean, scuba diving trips, or walks around Longwood Gardens, Bill was constantly inspired by the simple joys of light, form and composition. He would share this gift of the world through slide shows and presentations well into his time at Cartmel and Crosslands, where he was a member of the photography club.
Bill was also known for being a compassionate and devoted husband, father and friend. He supported and encouraged Jean as she obtained her M.S. and Psy.D. He passed on his love of learning to his three boys, all of whom would obtain advanced degrees in topics ranging from International Studies, to Archaeology, and Chemistry. Like Jean, he was truly a mentor to his sons, encouraging them to be both assertive yet thoughtful, ambitious and humble, responsible and caring. His confidence was sought out by friends and colleagues alike, for his compassion, balance, and clarity of thought.
Bill was the beloved husband of the late Marilyn “Jean” Hauser for 54 years who died on March 2, 2021; father of Paul Edward Hauser, Mark William Hauser and Steven Louis Hauser; grandfather of Daniel, Phoebe, Robert and Evelyn. Bill was predeceased by his sister, Mary Lois (Hauser) Braun
Due to the current restrictions his Funeral Mass will be private. The Mass will be livestreamed at 12:00PM on Saturday, March 20, 2021 from St. Patrick Church. https://venue.streamspot.com/66c95b9b