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Beryl Liska DrobeckFebruary 1, 2011
North Greenbush - On Tuesday, February 1, 2011, Beryl L. Drobeck died peacefully at home in North Greenbush, New York.
Beryl was born in Chicago, Illinois to Charles and Ethel Liska. She was an award-winning student and swimmer in high school and went on to receive her BS degree in Bacteriology and Parasitology from the University of Chicago in 1944. She then participated in malaria research there before taking a job at Dupont where she met her future husband, Hans Peter Drobeck.
A dedicated mother and wife, Beryl also enjoyed volunteering. She taught Red Cross swimming for nearly twenty years, held various positions at AAUW, tutored in the public schools and became a hospice volunteer. When her children grew older, she returned to research. As an electron microscopist at Albany Medical College, she assisted in published toxicology research. Her inquisitive nature also led her to host exchange students from Japan, Bolivia and Denmark, forming friendships that lasted her entire life. She introduced them to her cultural and creative passions which were classical music, art, ballet, fabulous cooking, sewing, gardening, bird-watching, and well-behaved dogs.
Beryl's husband, Hans Peter Drobeck died in 2004. She is survived by her children, Karen Watson, Peter Drobeck, David Drobeck, and Susan Drobeck and her brother, Robert C. Liska.
A service in Beryl's honor will be held on Saturday, February 19 at 2 p.m., at the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany, 405 Washington Avenue, Albany. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to The Community Hospice of Rensselaer County, 295 Valley View Blvd, Rensselaer, NY 12144.