Lyubica Dabich

May 16, 1929October 24, 2021

Dr. Lyubica Dabich, age 92, of Ann Arbor, Michigan passed away on Sunday, October 24, 2021. Lyubica was born May 16, 1929 in Detroit, Michigan the daughter of Milan and Mildred Dabich. Dr. Dabich obtained her B.S. degree in chemistry at the University of Michigan in 1950 and her M.S. degree in biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin in 1951. She worked at the Parke Davis Research Laboratory in Detroit until 1956 and then enrolled in McGill University Medical School in Montreal, where she received her M.D. degree in 1960. Dr. Dabich then returned to the University of Michigan for her internship and residency training (1960-64). She was an Elsa U. Pardee Fellow in Hematology at the Simpson Memorial Institute from 1964-65 and a research associate from 1965-66 before joining the Medical School faculty as an instructor in 1966. She was promoted to assistant professor in 1968 and associate professor in 1973. The main thrust of Dr. Dabich's work has been the diagnosis and treatment of adult patients with leukemia or lymphoma. She was principal investigator for a number of studies that were carried out in the Southwest Oncology Group by a consortium of university medical schools. Dr. Dabich was also involved in studies of progressive systemic sclerosis, and her work has contributed to our knowledge of the natural history, pathophysiology, and treatment of this disorder. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Steve, sister Dancia (Danna), and brother Sam (Simo). She is survived by her nieces, Sandra and Diane; and great nieces and nephew Andrea, Adam and Adrienne Watts. She also leaves many friends throughout Ann Arbor and especially at University Living. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Dabich family.


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Anita Liberman-Lampear

December 5, 2021

I was so sad to learn of Dr. Dabich's passing. I first met her, in 1970, when she hired me as her research technician following my graduation from college, and my first job at UM. Dr. Dabich gave me many opportunities to learn, grow and contribute. She was fun, honest and tough. I worked for her for about a year. We stayed in touch for years after I moved on to another position in the but lost touch in the early 2000's. While there are some many wonderful memories in that year, I remember I knitted her a cable sweater with wooden buttons, and she loved it. Years later I asked if she still had it and I think she said she had worn it so much it fell apart!! Coincidentally, her sister (the other Dr. Dabich) was my biochemistry professor at Wayne State. Must have been karma or something that my first post-college job was with Dr. L Dabich. She will be missed and will remain a wonderful memory in my life.

My sincere condolences,
Anita Liberman-Lampear
(Anita Chadwick when I worked for her)

John Kurtz

November 29, 2021

Dr. Dabich was a great teacher. I met her when I was a med student at UM. I remember her patience and incredible depth of knowledge --all of which she shared generously.

Of all the famous UM medical professors I met during the 80's, she is one I have never forgotten.

Sandra Dabich

November 9, 2021

Thank you to all who posted their memories of my aunt here. I am 1 of her 2 surviving nieces. I learned things here about her that I’d never heard before & they make my smile. She was a great aunt who always had the pitch perfect gifts at Christmas & for birthdays. She took us (in childhood) to the DIA museum in Detroit where she fell & my sister & I never forgot that. She endured watching Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, & my sister dropping some pomegranate seeds on her white couch, one weekend while my parents were away. In adulthood I spent nights at my aunt's house when I returned to MI & we’d spend evenings talking current events, politics & travel. I can still hear her laugh. I hope she's happy to be reunited with my Dad (demise June 2021), her sister (demise June 2020), brother & parents. Rest In Peace “ Anut” Vi!

Mary Rooney

November 2, 2021

I am so sorry to hear about Dr. Dabich. I had a chance encounter with the Dabich sisters at the grocery several years ago and I drove them both back to their home in Ann Arbor. I remember them telling me that they were called Violet and Daisy in their younger years. It was an extraordinary encounter with two incredibly fascinating, interesting and lovely women. They shared their stories of growing up on the east side and their work in the medical and scientific fields and their love for current PBS programs, music and other interests. I had a chance to connect with Dr. Vi Dabich by phone and mail after her beloved sister passed away. She was an incredible conversationalist and listener-- so intent on hearing your story. The last time I spoke to her she told me of her love for strudel-- I only wished we could have shared some together. I will be forever grateful for this chance encounter and the beauty and joy Dr. Vi and Dr. Danna shared with me. May she rest in peace. I know the world is better because she was in it and I am too. In Sympathy, Mary Rooney

Steven Spodek

November 2, 2021

I had the great privilege of meeting Dr. Dabich, once in Ann Arbor and a 2nd time, I believe, in Grosse Pointe. The meetings took place as part of my work as an Alumni and Development Officer at McGill University. She spoke with me about her career and studies at both the University of Michigan and McGill. She was one of six women to graduate from McGill Medicine Class of 1960 out of a total class of 185 students. Dr. Dabich applied to McGill as she was told that it one of a few schools that would accept women into medical school. It was also interesting to learn that she worked for several yeas to earn the money in order to study medicine.
Steven Spodek
McGill University

inta ertel

November 1, 2021

great colleague and friend.

Laura Boudette

October 29, 2021

I was so honored to have had the opportunity to get to know Dr. Dabich. In my work for the University of Michigan, I hosted her at alumni events and dinners and truly enjoyed my conversations with her. Her talents, accomplishments and dedication to academic medicine and science were extraordinary. She excelled in a profession which so few women of her generation pursued. My condolences to her family. We've lost a treasured member of the Michigan Medicine community.

Andrew Conlin

October 28, 2021

I drove Dr. L and her sister many many times as part of the A-ride program. I learned of the many accomplishments of both sisters and their brothers. I learned of their youth growing up in Detroit.
Dr. L was always generous with her knowledge. She also loved to talk about the many ski trips she shared with her sister ; the highlight being when Danni out skied an avalanche!

Jack Billi

October 26, 2021

I first met Vi when she interviewed me for my residency in 1976. It was my first trip to Michigan. She assured me I could get the New York Times in Ann Arbor. Our relationship is the longest running relationship I have in Ann Arbor.

In addition to Vi trusting me with her care, she was a friend who never failed to ask me how I was doing at our visits. And I always had to end each visit singing her a song. Our community chorus, Harmony, sang in the driveway at her facility University Living, last week, and of course Vi was in the first row! She sang along with all our songs and gave us the biggest applause. I am so comforted that her faithful care coordinator, Moira, was singing at her side when she passed.

I know Vi was sad at the passing of her sister and brother in recent times. But she always showed her unrelenting optimism. She took life's challenges philosophically. Even when she was masked I could tell she was smiling.

May her memory be for a blessing.

Jack Billi