treated cotton, the glassy material became electroconductive. 6 When the lead content of the fabric was adjusted, the translucent glassy material adhered firmly to the surface of a glass object and retained both its shape and fiber pattern. This work was important to scientific glassblowers who make specialized laboratory equipment, as well as to the fields of electronics and solar energy.
In 1950, Benerito married Frank H. Benerito (who died in 1970 after only twenty years of marriage). She has served as adjunct professor at Tulane University since 1955 in the graduate school and the biochemistry department of the medical school, and also as a lecturer at the University of New Orleans since 1982. She retired from government service in 1986 and is now professor emerita at Tulane. During her research, Benerito was granted over 50 patents and authored 250 scientific publications.
Benerito received many honors during her career, including the Distinguished Service Award from the Department of Agriculture in 1964 and 1970 and the Distinguished Service Award from the New Orleans Federal Executives Association in 1967. She also received the Federal Woman's Award and the Southern Chemist Award in 1968. She was awarded the Garvan Medal in 1970 and the Southwest Regional Award in 1972 by the American Chemical Society. In 1982 she was given the Outstanding Professional Award by the USDA Organization of Professional Employees. In 1971 she was named as one of the 75 most outstanding women in the United States by Ladies Home Journal, and in 1984 she was among 102 women highlighted in a special pavilion at the 1984 World's Fair honoring the "labors, frustrations and achievements" of the women. 7 She was inducted as a Fellow into the American Institute of Chemists and an honorary member of Delta Kappa Gamma, an international teaching honorary society, and Iota Sigma Pi, the National Honor Society for Women Chemists.
Benerito's citation for the Southern Chemist Award in 1968 called her "an outstanding and inspiring teacher of chemistry, a brilliant research scientist, and an inspiring and untiring leader of research." 8 Because of her research, cotton fabrics are now more absorbent, wrinkle resistant, stain resistant, oil resistant, and flame retardant. Her contributions to the teaching and training of chemists, to the textile industry, as well as to other areas such as glassblowing and epoxy production, have had a great impact on modern life.