Genia Solomon Albrecht died in her home March 19, 2010. Born in Brest-Litovsk, Belarus of Russian Jewish heritage, she immigrated to Montreal in 1935 at the age of 9. She and her twin brother, Samuel were the first in the family to attend college. She studied at McGill University and University of California, Berkeley (where she met her husband, Andreas C. Albrecht), and received her PhD in Biochemistry in 1954 at the University of Washington, Seattle. She then went on to do post-doctoral work at Harvard University. In 1956, she moved to Ithaca with Andreas and paused her scientific work to dedicate herself to raising her four children. Her love, and her profound passions for knowledge, music and social justice had deep impacts on her children's lives, and the lives of many others. Despite experiencing great personal loss as a child due to the effects of the two world wars on her family and heritage, Genia kept an intensely positive outlook on life and humanity that influenced all who knew her. In the 1980's she returned to science, became a Senior Lecturer in Biochemistry at Cornell University and was honored for her teaching.
Andreas, Professor of Chemistry at Cornell and Genia's husband and partner through life, died in 2003. Genia is survived by her sister, Lila Gottheil of Montreal, Canada; her children, Andy of Davis, CA, Joni of Delray Beach, FL, Masha of Berkeley, CA and Bob of Houston, TX and six grandchildren. Donations can be made in honor of Andreas and Genia Albrecht to the Sciencenter of Ithaca to help enrich our future through the love of science. In addition, individuals are encouraged to donate to any organizations of their choice that work towards social and economic justice, and those that support the performing arts. The family is organizing a memorial event in Genia's home on July 10, 2010.
Bangs Funeral Home is assisting the family.