Virginia Trimble (MS '65, PhD '68)

In my case, the time frame is March 1972 to September 2000, obviously not while I was at Caltech (see degree dates!), but  rather while I was at the University of California, Irvine (January-June each year) and the University of Maryland  (July to December each year) and married to Joseph Weber, who invented, built, and operated the first detectors for gravitational waves, with NSF funding from about 1959 until all the NSF gravity wave dollars went to LIGO, the first hit coming in 1975 and the coup de grace in 1985. Jump ahead to March, 2016, when a member of a prize-selection committee asked me to provide a LIGO nomination in time for their meeting,  
which (oh by the way), was two days away. This I did, and yes (of course) they won. Come to think of it, I was  also at the February 11th press briefing, at the kind invitation of NSF director France Cordova, who has been a friend since she was a Caltech grad student, working with Kip Thorne (with whom I wrote my first post-PhD paper, on the search for collapsed stars (now called black holes) in single-line spectroscopic binaries. ).