(1945-) Librarian, teacher, arts researcher. Born Karina Lou Bekker in Graaff-Reinet, schooling i.a. at Meisieskool Oranje in Bloemfontein, studied at the University of the Orange Free State (UOFS), obtaining a BA with majors in English and History. Married Temple Hauptfleisch in 1968. Mother of IT Company director Anzel Mercker and theatre director/writer Gaerin Hauptfleisch.
Taught one year, then worked for PACOFS as part-time usher and assistant front-of-house manager. Worked in libraries in Pretoria and Stellenbosch for 26 years, then became a research assistant and educational co-ordinator of outreach programmes at the University of Stellenbosch's University Museum and Gallery (2000-). She served on the editorial staff of the South African Theatre Journal as subscriptions manager for almost twenty years (1992-2011).
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