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Graduate Student, Wife Commit Suicide After Thesis Turned Down

May 12, 1986

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) _ A foreign graduate student at the University of Notre Dame and his wife apparently committed suicide after the student’s thesis was turned down, officials said Monday.

A spokesman said security workers found Solomon Aptekar, 29, and his wife, Irene, dead in their apartment Sunday.

Security workers were called to the apartment after a friend received a letter from Aptekar dated May 7 instructing him to come to the apartment and call police if no one answered the door.

Security guards found cyanide in the apartment and a letter in which Aptekar said he was despondent because his thesis recently had been turned down. Aptekar, a doctoral student in metallurgical engineering, was from India. University officials said Mrs. Solomon was not a student.

The St. Joseph County coroner’s office has ruled the deaths suicides. No time of death was available, officials said.

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