Dr. Smilja Jakovcic Rabinowitz, Professor Emerita of the Department of Medicine of the University of Chicago, passed away at the age of 92 on Oct. 10 at her home in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago.
She was born in Zagreb, Croatia, on July 30, 1926, to Viktor and Katarina Jakovcic.
After attending medical school in Zagreb, she came to the U.S. and completed her pediatric residency at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago. She then worked as an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University.
In 1963, she married Dr. Murray Rabinowitz, professor in both the Medical and Biochemistry departments at the University of Chicago. She joined his laboratory and they both served as mentors to 27 graduate students and 37 fellows from many countries.
They shared a love of music, food, and nature until his passing in 1983.
She retired in 1995 and is survived by her niece Renée Westerberg (husband Kurt), nephew Zoran Jakovcic, and grand nieces and nephews Anton, Annette, Jeremy, Sonja, Lukas and Stefan. Her brother Viktor (wife Françoise) predeceased her. A memorial service is being planned.