Ethel Drelich Brody

Ethel Drelich Brody, a longtime resident of East Lansing, passed away June 9, 2022, at age 96. She and her identical twin sister Ruth were born and raised in Jersey City, New Jersey. Ethel graduated from Rutgers College of Pharmacy and married Theodore Brody (deceased), a classmate. After starting her career in Chicago, they then moved to Ann Arbor in 1952, and to East Lansing in 1966 where Ted chaired MSU’s new Department of Pharmacology. Ethel had many close friends and a wonderful optimism. She volunteered at both Kresge and Wharton Arts Centers, served on numerous committees at Shaarey Zedek, and supported progressive causes, including reproductive rights of women. As an avid reader, she loved meeting with her book group at the East Lansing Public Library. Ethel died in Chapel Hill, North Carolina where she moved in 2020 to live with her daughter, Laura and husband David Weaver. In addition to Laura, Ethel is survived by her children Steven (Brenda Grossman), Debra (Joseph Ruby), and Elizabeth (John Berlind), and seven grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held at 11 AM on Monday, June 13, Evergreen Cemetery, 2600 E. Mt. Hope Ave., Lansing, MI.

Donations in Ethel’s memory may be made to the East Lansing Public Library or Planned Parenthood of Michigan.

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Sandy Gebber
June 10, 2022 at 9:08 pm

Ethel was a remarkable woman who never lost her love of learning. She loved reading and music, enjoying concerts of all kinds. Ethel was kind to everyone, to know her was to love her.

I was lucky to know Ethel.

Peter Cobbett
June 13, 2022 at 8:34 am

I arrived in the Department at MSU shortly after Ted retired and even though she had no need to do so, Ethel welcomed me and my family enthusiastically. From that point, whenever we saw each other, she wanted to catch up. In particular I remember how she attended the annual Seminar given by the awardee for the special lecture in Ted’s name until just a few years ago. A gracious and engaging lady. She will be missed by many.


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