Eva Galambos, first mayor of Sandy Springs, passes away at 87

April 20, 2015

Eva Galambos, the first mayor of Sandy Springs, passed away on Sunday, April 19, 2015, at the age of 87. 

The funeral for Eva Cohn Galambos will be held at Temple Kehillat Chaim on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 1 p.m., with arrangements by the Sandy Springs Funeral Chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family requests consideration of a donation to the Anne Frank in the World:1929-1945 exhibit or to a charity of one’s choice.  The City of Sandy Springs will also host a memorial in Mayor Galambos' honor, with plans to be announced.

Eva Galambos was the first mayor of Sandy Springs. She was elected in early November 2005 and served until November 2013. From 1975-2005, she was the president of the Committee for Sandy Springs which fought to incorporate the city. As mayor, she designed a model public/private partnership for city administration and the delivery of public services that has been recognized worldwide.

Eva was instrumental in bringing the exhibit Anne Frank in the World: 1929-1945 to Sandy Springs and championed the mission of the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust for many years. In May 2013, she was appointed to the Commission’s board by House Speaker David Ralston.

On March 20, 2015, the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust named Eva the recipient of the 2015 Humanitarian Award which is presented annually to individuals or groups that have demonstrated the spirit of humanity through volunteer work, advocacy, leadership and/or philanthropy in their community, thereby fighting indifference, intolerance, and injustice. The award was presented on April 17, 2015, at the Days of Remembrance observance in the State Capitol. Sandy Springs Mayor, Rusty Paul, accepted the award on Eva's behalf. 

Eva held a Ph.D. in economics from Georgia State University, a master's degree (M.A.) in labor and industrial relations from the University of Illinois, and a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) from the University of Georgia (1948).

She was recently named the 2014 Georgia State University Distinguished Alumna which is presented by the Georgia State Alumni Association each year to honor alumni who have become acknowledged leaders in their respective industries, significant contributors to the improvement of their communities and have shown a committed record of service to the university. She had also been recognized by the Andrew Young School’s Distinguished Alumni Awards for her prolific and impactful contributions in her field in 2011.

Eva also co-authored the popular text Making Sense out of Dollars: Economic Analysis for Local Government (National League of Cities, 1978), which is still used in classrooms today.

She was also a co-founder and former secretary of Sandy Springs Revitalization; founder of Sandy Springs Clean and Beautiful; chairwoman of services committee for the Sandy Springs Council of Neighborhoods; former chairwoman of the Fulton County Public Housing Authority; and founder of Sandy Springs Civic Roundtable.

Eva is survived by her husband to Dr. John Galambos, a Holocaust survivor from Budapest, Hungary. In 1945, he was liberated from the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp by U.S. troops. The couple has three children and six grandchildren.