The city of Sandy Springs and others are mourning the loss of Dr. John Galambos, the husband of late former Mayor Eva Galambos. John Galambos died of natural causes May 29 at age 97.
According to his online obituary, John Galambos was born in Budapest, Hungary, and survived the Jewish Holocaust. He then moved to Athens, Georgia, and, despite being broke and speaking no English, he finished his education, including going to medical school.
John Galambos then became a gastroenterologist and professor of medicine at Emory University. He met Eva while attending the University of Georgia, and they were married for more than 65 years before her death in 2015. They are survived by three children: Tobae (Russ), John (Sylvia) and Michael (Sarah) and six grandchildren.
Even after his wife’s death, John Galambos attended several city events, such as the grand opening of the City Hall portion of its new City Springs complex in May 2018.
“John was well known for his sense of humor and was the raconteur of many a good story. He will be deeply missed,” his obituary stated.
In a message posted to the city’s Facebook page, Mayor Rusty Paul, who succeeded Eva Galambos after being elected in 2013, called John Galambos’ death “a sad moment for the city.”
“While he was always quietly in the background as Eva led the charge to cityhood and served two terms, it was his steady strength and devotion that contributed to Eva’s success,” Paul said. “I saw John Memorial Day weekend, and he was grateful for the visit and self-effacing as always. While it is a great loss for the city, I am sure Eva is happy to once again have John by her side.”
At the June 4 Sandy Springs City Council meeting, Paul talked more about John Galambos.
“As I told folks this week, if I labeled John Galambos in any way, he is a man who defeated Adolf Hitler,” he said. “He did everything that Adolf Hitler tried to stop the Jews from doing. He lived, he had a family (and) he became an amazingly productive person in society and one of the best physicians in metropolitan Atlanta and a member of the Emory (University) health faculty.”
A private family burial service is planned. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the “Anne Frank in the World” exhibit in Sandy Springs.