July 27, 2020

Danica Dabich, Ph.D., professor emeritus of biochemistry, dead at 89

Danica Dabich, Ph.D., professor emeritus of biochemistry at the Wayne State University School of Medicine, died June 20, 2020. She was 89.

She joined the School of Medicine as a research associate in 1961, and became an assistant professor in 1966. She was promoted to associate professor in 1970.

A member of the American Society of Biological Chemistry & Molecular Biology and the American Chemical Society, Dr. Dabich received her bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Michigan in 1952 and a master’s degree from Ohio State University in 1955. She earned a doctoral degree from the University of Illinois in 1960.

She began her career as an analytical chemist at Phillips Petroleum Co. in 1952, and then in 1955 accepted a position as a research assistant at the E.B. Ford Research Institute for Medical Research, where she worked until 1956. She served as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Freiburg in Germany from 1960 to 1961.

She is survived by her sister, Lyubica Dabich, and brother, Sam Dabich.

The family held a private service at Evergreen Cemetery.