Eva Cohn Galambos

July 1, 1928April 19, 2015

Eva Cohn Galambos It is with great sadness that the family of Eva Cohn Galambos announces her death on April 19, 2015. In her own words to family and friend, she lived a long and fulfilled, a very good life. Born in Berlin Germany on July 1, 1928, Eva Cohn and her family escaped the Nazis and moved to Italy before eventually making a home in Athens, Ga, where her father was among the faculty for many years at the University Of Georgia Law School. Eva’s fondness for travel likely took root reading from her grandmother’s memoirs. Those who knew her also knew of her love of flowers and gardening, that love planted during Sunday walks in Italy where Eva and her sister, Marianne, would gather stock for their imaginary flower shop. \Determination is one word frequently associated with Eva Galambos. In school, she took great pride in making good grades – all A’s, save one B for a college personnel management and accounting course, which she found dull. Galambos graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Georgia. Enjoying labor relations and business cycles, she pursued a master’s degree in Labor and Industrial Relations from the University of Georgia. Eva later earned a Ph.D. in Economics from Georgia State University. Eva Galambos always followed her own path. Where women of her day typically majored in teaching as a college major, Eva majored in business administration. Her first professional job was as Associate Editor of the Atlanta Journal of Labor, writing local copy to interest the union members. In writing a feature about a locomotive engineer’s life, Eva “broke” the rule against women in the locomotive, traveling the mainline from Atlanta to Greenville and back as she gathered interview and color for the story. Life had a way of helping fuel Eva’s love for activism. When rents began to rise at what she thought were unreasonable rates, Eva helped campaign for rent control. She used her skills honed from statistics classes to develop charts to substantiate her argument, surprising the Atlanta City Council and earning a “thank you” note from then Mayor Hartsfield. Eva Galambos’ career also included positions with the Georgia State Merit System and the International Association of Machinists. She taught at Clark College on the Atlanta University campus and later at Georgia State University. Working with the Southern Regional Education Board, Eva drafted new business license ordinances for local governments, pushing licenses based on gross receipts of businesses, succeeding in getting Fulton County to adopt this method, which is still used today, and was adopted by the City of Sandy Springs as it incorporated in 2005. The Galambos name will always be associated with Sandy Springs, the city she worked tirelessly for years to establish and then serve for eight years as its first mayor. In addition to establishing Sandy Springs as a city, Eva championed the Public-Private model of operations for city services, which served as a model for almost a dozen cities incorporated following and is studied by government leaders around the U.S. and globe. Eva Cohn Galambos’ true love; however, was her husband John, to whom she was married for more than 65 years. John and Eva met while students at the University of Georgia and have been inseparable since. It was John’s devotion to their love that provided comfort to Eva during her final days and allowed her to die in the home they built together. In addition to Dr. John Galambos, Eva Galambos is survived by daughter Tobae McDuff (Russ), and sons John D Galambos (Sylvia) and Michael Galambos, as well as grandchildren Daniel McDuff, Alexis Rosengarten, Katy Galambos, Mark McDuff, Max Galambos and Kevin Galambos, sister Marianne Freeman, and cousin, Renata Levy. The funeral will be held at Temple Kehillat Chaim on Tuesday, April 21, 2016 at I o’clock in the afternoon with arrangements by the Sandy Springs Funeral Chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a donation to the Anne Frank in the World Exhibit or to a charity of your choice.


  • Funeral Service Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Eva Cohn Galambos

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April 28, 2015

May God comfort your family in the time of need.
Psalms 46:1

M.Hambrick, Atlanta

B. Ramsey

April 26, 2015

I an offering my sincere condolences to the Galambos family and may the God of all comfort be with you all during this difficult time. 2-Cor;1:2-5.

Jerry Beaver

April 25, 2015

Dr. Michael Galambos, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. She led a fascinating life and may God be with you and your family at this time.


April 25, 2015

Deepest sympathies for the Galambos Family. May Eva always be remembered for her tireless devotion to her community, and improving the quality of life for everyone in our great city of Sandy Springs.

W Lorraine Watkins, M.D.

April 24, 2015

Condolences to John and children. Eva, from their early days at Emory gave so much energy and creativity to the entire Atlanta metro community from the civil rights era to the finishing act in Sandy Springs. So few of her kind pass this way. Rest in peace Eva.

April 24, 2015

So sorry to read about the loss of your
loved one. May the loving kindness of God
sustain you through this difficult time and
in the days ahead. Sharing your memories
of Eva with others will give you a measure
of comfort.

Jay Wiener

April 24, 2015

I just learned of your loss and feel for you. I have fond memories of Eva and remain grateful to her kindness to me, over the years. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

April 23, 2015

Hello Galambos Family,
I am so sorry to hear the loss of your love one. May you continue to find comfort in God's Wort.

April 23, 2015

Thank you Eva for decades of good work! It has been a pleasure witnessing your vision come to fruition.
Faye and Ben Landey, Sandy Springs

April 23, 2015

My condolences to the family,
" Do not worry over anything, but in everything let the things you have to ask for be made known to God by prayer and petition with thanksgiving."