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Ginzbarg, 88, passed away on Friday, October 18, 2013, in Houston, Texas. She was born in Prague, Czech Republic, on June 1, 1925 to Otto and Zdenka Sommer. She was preceded in death by her father, mother, brother, Ivan Sommer, and husband, Arthur Ginzbarg. Hana is survived by her son Steven Ginzbarg. Hana and her brother left Prague in 1939 on the last train arranged by British stockbroker Nicolas Winton carrying Jewish children to safety in England after the Nazis invaded Czechoslovakia. Her mother came to England later. The three made the dangerous crossing of the Atlantic in 1943 to New York. Hana met Arthur at Purdue University, Indiana where she was studying chemistry and he was studying physics. In 1949 the couple moved to Houston where Arthur took a job at the Shell Research Lab. Hana became interested in preserving Houston's bayous and became a member of the Buffalo Bayou Preservation Association. Her perseverance is responsible for the land acquisition and creation of Armand Bayou Nature Center, Clear Lake, Texas and later of the Nature Discovery Center, Bellaire, Texas where she served as a member of the board and a fundraiser until her death. A memorial service will take place at 1:00 PM on Sunday, November 10, at the University Chapel of the A.D. Bruce Religion Center, 3801 Cullen Blvd., Entrance 13, University of Houston and will be followed by a reception at the Nature Discovery Center, 7112 Newcastle, Bellaire.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Nature Discovery Center or the charitable organization of your choice.
Published in Houston Chronicle on Oct. 22, 2013