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August 4, 1922 - November 13, 2015 Dr. Hirsch, 93, was a neurochemist, biochemist, and botanist. Born in Berlin, she fled Nazi Germany in her teens, first to Britain and then to the British Mandate of Palestine. She graduated from the Hebrew University on Mt. Scopus and received her doctorate from UC Berkeley, where she worked with Melvin Calvin on the mechanism of photosynthesis, for which he won the Nobel Prize. Thereafter she did pioneering work at Washington University on techniques for dissecting single cells and researching genetic causes of neurological diseases. Subsequently, she was for many years a researcher at UCLA's Reed Neurological Center working on cures for ALS and MS. She was married for 62 years to Dr. Werner Zvi Hirsch, a prominent UCLA economist, who died in 2009. She is survived by children Daniel, Joel, and Ilona Hirsch, and grandchildren Bennett and Dylan Hirsch. Dr. Hirsch was a gentle, gentle soul, a kind and loving wife, mother, and grandmother, who will be sorely missed.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Nov. 14 to Nov. 15, 2015
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