LaBaw, Eleanore K.
Eleanore K. LaBaw, inventor, mother and scientist, born on May 24, 1927 in Hammond, Indiana, died on August 16, 2014 of a heart attack in Greenwich, Connecticut with family and loved ones. Eleanore, the daughter of Walter Kropp and Martha Prusiecki Kropp, grew up in East Chicago, Indiana. She graduated as salutatorian of East Chicago High School and matriculated to Purdue University where she earned both a Bachelors of Science and a Masters of Science in Microbiology.
Eleanore made music, playing the accordion and tuba in high school, and singing alto in the Purdue Glee Club. At Purdue, she pledged to the Phi Mu sorority. Eleanore repeated as Indiana state debate champion at Purdue; she had also won a similar honor in high school. Fluent in Polish, she also spoke German. It was in German class where she met Dr. Glenn D. LaBaw to whom she was married for more than sixty years. They were married on Jan 9, 1954 at Purdue in West Lafayette, IN.
Professionally, Eleanore developed one of the first antibiotics against TB, cycloserine, and earned multiple patents in developing antibiotics targeted against cancer at Commercial Solvents in Terre Haute, IN. Cycloserine is still used to treat infections today, but is more often used treating phobias and other anxiety complaints.
After her professional success, Eleanore devoted her energies to raising her children, and her hobbies. She loved playing cards excelling at pinochle and bridge. She was an amateur rock hound, rock polisher, and jewelry maker. Eleanore was a girl scout leader for both a Brownie and Girl Scout Troop. She was a volunteer running the Town of Greenwich primaries and elections. Having sent her children off to college she became very active in the American Kennel Club and Westchester Cocker Spaniel Club. As an obedience handler, Eleanore earned many Agility, Rally, and Obedience titles with her cocker spaniels, including her beloved Barney.
Eleanore has been a Greenwich resident since 1965. Her sense of humor will be missed by those who knew her.
She is survived by Glenn and three children: Jeffrey S. LaBaw, Andrea LaBaw Braunstein, Gregory S.M. LaBaw and five grandchildren: Andrew B. LaBaw, Sean L. LaBaw, Benjamin P. LaBaw, Alexa L. LaBaw and Isabel M. LaBaw.
There will be a wake at Castiglione Funeral Home at 134 Hamilton Avenue, Greenwich, CT on Thursday, August 21 at 6-9 PM. The funeral will be held at 10:00 A.M. at St. Paul Roman Catholic Church at 84 Sherwood Avenue, Greenwich, CT. Interment will follow in the St. Joseph's Mausoleum in St. Mary's/Putnam Cemetery in Greenwich.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to ASPCA Gift Processing Center, 424 E. 92nd Street, New York, NY. 10128-6804. Please leave an online condolence at www.castiglionefh.com
Castiglione Funeral Home
134 Hamilton Avenue Greenwich, CT 06830
Published in GreenwichTime on Aug. 19, 2014