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Eva Helwing, 73, nee Eifert, entered the presence of her Lord on Jan. 10, 2012. Born Dec. 10, 1938. Eva was born in Tab, Hungary. She was the youngest of three children and was called the "család esze," the brain of the family. During World War II, her family was forced to flee Hungary. Eva lived in Germany with her family before coming to the United States. Eva was the first principal of the Inter-American Magnet School in Chicago, where she presided from 1985-2005. During her 21-year tenure, she was recognized as an outstanding educator who won many awards and special recognitions. She was an advocate and promoter of dual language fluency and was a visionary in the development of today's popular dual language programs. She was also known to be a mentor to aspiring principals and a friend to faculty and staff alike. Among Eva's honors and recognitions are: Whitman Award for Outstanding Principals - 1996, School Leadership Award for Outstanding Principals - 1997, Chicago Phi Delta Kapa Educator of the Year - 1990, Illinois State Board of Education the "Those who Excel Award" - 2003. Eva's embrace of universities and research projects resulted in her school being featured in journals such as Phi Delta Kappan, National Association for Bilingual Education and international papers such as The Financial Times and The London Times. Eva's thirst for knowledge and interesting experiences was unquenchable. She was a compelling history teacher and even after she became a principal, she remembered her first love, the rich lives of people who made history. With her husband, Eva traveled to over forty countries as educators and tourists. Egypt, Israel and Peru were some of their most memorable destinations. Eva spoke Hungarian, German, English and Spanish fluently. Her life was a witness to her faith that she lived and shared with others. She is survived by Arthur, her loving best friend and husband for 48 years and their two sons Paul (Caryn) and Carl (Karen); their five grandchildren, James, Luke, Susan, Meg and Carl. Funeral Service Saturday, 11 a.m. at Smith Corcoran Funeral Home, 6150 N. Cicero Ave., Chicago. Interment Irving Park Cemetery. Visitation Friday, 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in Eva's memory to NABE, the National Association for Bilingual Education, 8701 Georgia Avenue, Suite 611, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Please make a note of Eva's name on any donations. For funeral information call 773-736-3833 or visit Eva's memorial at www.smithcorcoran.com.

Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on Jan. 12, 2012
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