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Gail J. Lambert-Edwards

by Susan J. Ainsworth
August 18, 2014 | A version of this story appeared in Volume 92, Issue 33

Gail J. Lambert-Edwards

Gail J. Lambert-Edwards, 68, died at her home in Lancaster, Mass., on June 2 after a 15-year battle with breast cancer.

Born in Lawrence, Mass., Lambert-Edwards earned a B.S. in chemistry, magna cum laude, in 1967 from Merrimack College in North Andover, Mass., and a Ph.D. in chemistry in 1973 from the University of New Hampshire, where she was the recipient of a National Defense Education Act fellowship.

Lambert-Edwards worked as a chemist and patent liaison in the dye and pharmaceutical industries at companies including BASF, Sisa Pharmaceutical Laboratories, and H. G. Pars Pharmaceutical Laboratories, before beginning a career teaching chemistry in 1996.

She was a visiting assistant professor at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., and an adjunct professor at Worcester State University, until her retirement in 2010. Lambert-Edwards joined ACS in 1969.

She enjoyed spending time with her husband, Francis, and researching genealogy. After retirement, she earned a certificate in genealogical research at Boston University.

Lambert-Edwards was a parishioner of Immaculate Conception Church and a member of the American-French Genealogical Society, the American-Canadian Genealogical Society, and the Aldrich Astronomical Society.

In addition to her husband of 25 years, she is survived by her sister-in-law, Mary Jane Edwards; brother-in-law, Peter Edwards, and his wife, Kathy; and two nieces, Katie and Meghan Edwards.

Obituary notices of no more than 300 words may be sent to Susan J. Ainsworth at and should include an educational and professional history.


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