A memorial celebration for Miriam Gollub Banks, who passed away Nov. 25, 2017, will be held Saturday, Jan. 6, at 2 p.m., in the East Room at Montgomery Place, 5550 South Shore Dr. All are welcome.
Gollub Banks, 96, was a resident at Montgomery Place since 2006. Gollub Banks was brilliant, inquisitive, and highly educated — a woman ahead of her time. She was demanding and nurturing, precise and stubborn, known for her quirky sense of humor.
Gollub Banks grew up in Philadelphia, in a sprawling extended family. After Simon Gratz High School, She went to Bryn Mawr College. When World War II ended, she moved to Chicago to pursue Master’s and PhD degrees in Biochemistry at the U of C. She met Seymour Banks, a Business School student, shortly thereafter. They married in 1949, and lived in Hyde Park for the rest of their married life.
Gollub Banks and Seymour raised their family: daughter Hannah, and sons Joel and David in one of the first four Webb & Knapp (Harry Wiese, I.M. Pei) rowhouses in the 5600 block of Blackstone Avenue, on a GI Bill mortgage.
They loved Hyde Park, exploring Jackson Park, birding on Wooded Isle, and playing tennis at the Quadrangle Club. Seymour and Gollub Banks took advantage of the opportunities Hyde Park offered; they were among the founding members of the Hyde Park Co-op, and helped start the Co-op Gourmet Cooking Club.
Gollub Banks’s scientific talents led to her volunteer work evaluating and improving Chicago Public Schools’ science curriculum.
Having studied French all her life, Gollub Banks was delighted when she and Seymour moved to Grenoble, France after his retirement. Planning to stay for 18 months, they remained for nearly five years. Her command of French made that possible; she handled most local interactions, especially on the phone. With Grenoble as a base, they took ski trips in the Alps, and traveled throughout Europe.
Returning to Chicago, they enjoyed all Hyde Park and the city offered: Court Theater, Mandel Hall, the Art Institute, and Chicago’s many culinary delights.
Gollub Banks’s family is thankful for the loving kindness she received from the Montgomery Place community, the staff of JourneyCare, and from Ade and Titi, her very generous caregivers.
We miss her terribly, are grateful to have had her with us for so long, but glad She and Seymour are finally reunited after 21 years. He was crazy about her.
With love, Hannah, Joel and David Banks