Edward Balish

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Edward Balish CHARLESTON - Dr. Edward Balish, Ph.D, 78, passed away at his home in Charleston, S.C. on Friday, September 13, 2013. Ed was born in Scranton, and was the son of the late Daniel and Mary Callahan Balish, and was one of ten children. A graduate of West Scranton High School and the University of Scranton where he lettered in football at both schools, he earned his Ph.D in Microbiology at Syracuse University in 1959. He was married to Marion Christopher in 1961 and the couple moved to Madison, WI where they raised a family and lived until 2001. Ed became Professor and Chairman of the Department of Microbiology at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He retired in 2012 as an Emeritus Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at Medical University of South Carolina. His career, spanning nearly six decades, had many achievements and contributions to science and medicine. His wife of 43 years, Marion, died in 2004. He is survived by his sons, Christopher Balish, Miami, Fl, Martin Balish, Portland, OR, Stan Balish, San Diego, CA, three granddaughters, Angela, Lucy and Josephine Balish, Portland, OR, two sisters, Helen Balish, Margaret Brewinski, both of Scranton, and brother, Tom Balish, CT, nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his wife Marion, he was preceded in death by five brothers, Frank, Col. Harry, John, Cmmdr. Daniel and William Balish, and one sister, Mary Kunda. His funeral will be on Thursday, with a Funeral Liturgy celebrated at 10 am, in St. Vladimir Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, 430 North Seventh Avenue, Scranton, PA 18503, by the Rev. Myron Myronyuk, Pastor. Interment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township, Luzerne County. A viewing for family and friends will be in St. Vladimir Church on Thursday, 9 am until time of Liturgy. Arrangements by the Edward J. Chomko Funeral Home, 254-268 Railroad Avenue, West Scranton. www.chomkofuneralhome.com Visit our guestbook at www.legacy.com/obituaries/ charleston

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Published in Charleston Post & Courier on Sept. 17, 2013
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