On May 17, Gala Stern of Baltimore at 89. Born in 1932 in Leipzig, Germany, she spent the war years with her mother in Russia and Uzbekistan while fleeing from the Nazis. At the close of World War II, at 14, she arrived at Ellis Island and made her way to Albany, N.Y. She attended Russell Sage College in Troy, N.Y., where she earned her bachelor’s degree. It was here that she met and married her husband Ivan Stern. Together they attended Cornell University for their graduate studies. At Cornell, she studied under Vladimir Nabokov, who often inquired where she learned her excellent Russian. But Russian, German and English were not her only languages. She mastered French as well as Spanish as she finished her advanced degree. After graduation, she began her career as an educator. She and Ivan moved to Baltimore where he had a job and she took a post at The Park School. After lecturing at Johns Hopkins and Goucher College, she ultimately found a home at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. With the help of friend Angela Moorjani, she published “Recollections of the Past,” an autobiography. She is survived by daughter Natalie Stern; son-in-law Eric Upin; and grandchildren Kira and Thomas Upin. She was predeceased by son Daniel Gregory Stern; mother Dr. Maria Silberkweit; father Efraim Silberkweit; and husband Ivan Stern.
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