Galina Babich passed away on December 27th after a prolonged fight.
She passed peacefully in the presence of her husband, Genrikh, and daughter, Helen. Galina was born on April 20, 1930 in Moscow, Russia to Anna Sher-Kajdan and Alexander Cher. At the beginning of WWII, at age 11 she evacuated with her mother to Bashkiria in order to avoid the Nazi invasion. Following the war she returned to Moscow to study. She graduated from medical school with an M.D./PhD.
She met Genrikh on a hiking trip in the Caucasus Mountains and they were married in 1952. Together they had one child, Helen. Galina served for over 35 years as an eye surgeon and researcher on developing contact lens technology in Russia. In 1994 Galina and Genrikh emigrated to the US to join their family in Madison. In her retirement years she continued her life-long passion for learning by taking over two dozen classes at UW-Madison and exploring their adopted country through numerous road trips across many states.
Galina is survived by her husband, Genrikh, and daughter, Helen; her two grandchildren Alina (Judah) Viola and Pavel Sternberg; great-granddaughters Liya and Ellie Viola; and other family members Julia and Alexander Krichevsky, Luba and Aaron Katz, and Boris Krichevsky.
Visitation will be held on Friday, December 29th from 4-6PM at Cress Funeral Home, 3610 Speedway Rd., Madison. An open house will be held at her daughter's home following the visitation.