Andrew J. Gabor

Andrew J. Gabor, MD
Member Since 1981
Date of Death: March 11, 2016

On March 11, 2016, Andrew John Gabor died peacefully after a brief stay at Sutter Davis Hospital. His family members were with him in person and in spirit. We are exceedingly grateful that he is at eternal peace.

Andy was born to Barbara Berkes Gabor and Andrew George Gabor in Budapest, Hungary, in 1935. They soon immigrated to the United States, settling in New York. Andy was active in Boy Scouts and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. In 1952, he graduated from the High School of Music and Art in NYC.

He first attended New York University where he was on the swim team. At George Washington University, he was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity and was granted the bachelor’s degree in zoology in 1956 and the Master of Science degree in anatomy in 1958.

That same year Andy entered the graduate school at Duke University and soon met fellow graduate student Judith Anne Bailey. They were later married in her hometown of Roanoke, Va.

At Duke, Andy was the second student to undertake a combined Ph.D. and M.D. program. He earned the Ph.D. in neuroanatomy in 1962 and the M.D. in 1963. His internship and neurology residency were also at Duke. In 1967, Andy and Judy moved to Maryland where he completed a two-year fellowship in the Public Health Service at the National Institutes of Health.

In 1969 with two babies in tow, this young family headed west to join the faculty of the new medical school at UC Davis. Andy’s first job was assistant professor in the department of neurology, as well as director of the Electroencephalography (EEG) Laboratory, a positon he held until retirement. He became department chair in 1981 and served for a decade. He also held joint appointments in the School of Veterinary Medicine and in the School of Medicine’s department of behavioral biology.

During his 45 years of practice in academic medicine, Andy published many papers, most centering on various aspects of seizure disorders. In later years, his research focused on neural networking — programming computers to read the Sleep EEG in order to significantly reduce physician time spent on this extremely time-intensive procedure.

Andy was active in national neurology associations and other professional and honorary organizations and served on National Institutes of Health study groups. He was president of the American EEG Society and chair of the American Board of Qualification in Electroencephalography. Upon his retirement as professor emeritus, Andy volunteered for another decade at the UCD Medical Center and remained active on state and national levels.

As with all School of Medicine faculty, Andy spent considerable time teaching and mentoring interns and residents in addition to medical students. One of his very successful neurology residents, George York, wrote in 2008, “After practicing neurology for 25 years, I am firmly convinced that Andy taught me how to think like a neurologist. I use [his] dicta and aphorisms, [his] way of thinking about problems, every single day. Words can’t express the depth of my gratitude.”

Locally, Andy volunteered for many years with Habitat for Humanity, Davis Community Church, Davis Schools, Davis Aquatic Masters, and All Things Right and Relevant. He cheerfully assisted Judy with projects for dozens of organizations over the years. In 1982, Andy received special recognition from Yolo County and the Davis Police Department.

Over the decades, Andy took his family on long road trips throughout the country; they often included camping with many close family friends. The Gabor family all enjoyed an academic sabbatical in Montreal, Canada and traveled in many other countries throughout the years.

From its beginning, Andy enjoyed many concerts and other events at UCD’s Mondavi Performing Arts Center. He was an excellent swimmer and scuba diver. The family especially enjoyed skiing and spending time in Lake Tahoe where Andy often volunteered for the ski patrol.

Andy will be remembered by his many Davis friends for his wonderful sense of humor and his smile. He was also known as a masterful carpenter and someone who could build or fix almost anything electrical, automotive or technological. Those talents he happily shared with others.

Andy leaves behind Judith Bailey Gabor, his wife of 55 years; children Elizabeth Anne Gabor of Davis, Christopher David Gabor and his wife Robin of St. Simons Island, Ga., and Margaret Gabor Jacobo and her husband Juan Ernesto Jacobo of San Diego; and grandchildren Olivia Anne Jacobo, Maya Lucila Jacobo and Nicolas Jacobo, all of San Diego.

Andy expressed in his oral memoirs for his family, “I most cherish my wife and children. Family is the way to truly change the world. I hope you also believe this and act on this with your own families.”

His memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, at Davis Community Church 412 C St. in Davis.

Should one wish to make a charitable contribution in Dr. Gabor’s memory, consider Davis Community Church, 412 C St, Davis 95616, or UC Davis, Department of Neurology in memory of Andrew J. Gabor, checks payable to UC Davis Foundation, Health Sciences Development, 4900 Broadway, Suite 1150, Sacramento 95820. And there are hundreds of other excellent causes.

Published in The Davis Enterprise on March. 18, 2016