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  December 9, 2002

Hausman, Master Chef, Dies

Fred G. Hausman, former master chef and restaurant manager at the University, died November 5.

Hausman was born in Augsburg, Germany in 1915. He studied to be a chef in Germany and France. He worked as a chef in the United States from 1937 to 1942, and then joined the U.S Army food services. When Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery was in charge of two American Divisions in Europe from 1944 to 1946, Hausman was his personal chef.

On returning to the United States after the war, he became the personal chef of orchestral conductor Arturo Toscanini for several years.

He also worked as a restaurant manager and as a district director of the U.S Training Program for Chefs and Restaurant Managers, prior to joining the University of Connecticut.

In 1968, he became the manager and master chef of the University's new Faculty-Alumni Center in Storrs, where he worked for eight years. He went on to hold other leadership positions in food services at the University until his retirement in 1982.

Hausman was an active member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars organization (VFW), after serving in World War II. Both he and his wife, Wendy, were competent artists and he continued to paint up to his death. He was predeceased by his wife.

He was given a military funeral and is buried at Florida National Military Cemetery in Bushnell, Fla.

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