Eva Galambos

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Eva Cohn Galambos (July 1, 1928 – April 19, 2015), was a German-born American economist and politician who served as the first mayor of Sandy Springs, Georgia. She served as the city's inaugural Mayor from December 1, 2005, until January 7, 2014, when Rusty Paul took office as the city's second mayor.

Early life and education[edit]

Born Eva Cohn in Berlin, Germany, her father was a judge. He was ousted from his position, along with other prominent Jews, in 1933 when Adolf Hitler came to power. The family then moved to Genoa, Italy, where they lived for six years before coming to the United States and settling in Athens, Georgia, where her father got a job at the University of Georgia with the help of prominent alumnus Harold Hirsch. Galambos attended Athens High School and graduated as valedictorian in 1944. She later graduated from the University of Georgia in 1948 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. Later in life she earned a master's degree (M.A.) in labor and industrial relations from the University of Illinois and a Ph.D. in economics from Georgia State University. She was the recipient of the 2011 Andrew Young School Distinguished Alumni Award from the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University.[1]

Labor activism[edit]

An activist, who advocated for workers, Galambos landed her first professional job as Associate Editor of the Atlanta Journal of Labor, writing local copy to interest the union members.[2] Her "love for activism" extended to campaigning for rent control in the city of Atlanta. While "thanked" for her research, the practice, adopted in New York, was not enacted in a Southern city more sensitive to issues of government overreach.[2] The Swedish economist Assar Lindbeck, a housing expert, quipped that "rent control appears to be the most efficient technique presently known to destroy a city – except for bombing".[3] Galambos later obtained a position, working on behalf of the International Association of Machinists.

She was a labor economist for many years, teaching at Clark Atlanta University and Georgia State University.


Galambos had held various positions in the Sandy Springs community before being elected the first mayor of the city in early November 2005. She was the president of the Committee for Sandy Springs, 1975–2005, which fought to incorporate Sandy Springs. She was also a co-founder and former secretary of Sandy Springs Revitalization; founder of Sandy Springs Clean and Beautiful; chairwoman of services committee for the Sandy Springs Council of Neighborhoods; former chairwoman of the Fulton County Public Housing Authority; and founder of Sandy Springs Civic Roundtable.


She died of cancer on April 19, 2015, at the age of 86.[4] Her funeral was held at Temple Kehillat Chaim in Roswell, Georgia on April 21, 2015.[1]


  • Eva Galambos (1996). What's in a Name?. Northwest Pub. ISBN 9780761004585.


  1. ^ a b Mike Morris (April 19, 2015). "Sandy Springs 'founding mother,' first mayor Eva Galambos dies". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved May 31, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Eva Cohn GALAMBOS". Atlanta Journal-Constitution obituaries. April 21, 2015. Retrieved May 31, 2018.
  3. ^ Fraser Nelson (2 May 2014). "Low-rent Labour is positioning itself as the Ukip of the Left". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 29 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Eva Galambos Obituary - Sandy Springs Chapel - Sandy Springs GA". dignitymemorial.com. Retrieved 21 April 2015.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Inaugural Mayor
Mayor of Sandy Springs, Georgia
Succeeded by
Rusty Paul