The interchange of Ga. 400 and Northridge Road in Sandy Springs has been named for the late Eva Galambos, the city’s founding mayor. Road signs bearing her name were erected June 6, and the naming was recognized in a ceremony at the June 7 City Council meeting.

One of the new signs dedicating the “Mayor Eva Cohn Galambos Memorial Interchange” at Ga. 400 and Northridge Road. (Photo Sharon Kraun/city of Sandy Springs)

State legislation dedicating the “Mayor Eva Cohn Galambos Memorial Interchange” was signed into law last month by Gov. Nathan Deal. The legislation was sponsored by area state Reps. Wendell Willard, Joe Wilkinson, Matt Dollar and Taylor Bennett.

Mayor Galambos’s husband, Dr. John Galambos, received a small version of the dedication sign at the City Council ceremony.

Dr. John Galambos (left) receives a proclamation and miniature sign from Mayor Rusty Paul recognizing the interchange naming at a June 7 City Hall ceremony. At rear, City Council members Tibby DeJulio and Andy Bauman look on, backed by a portrait of Eva Galambos. (Photo John Ruch)

Known as Sandy Springs’ “founding mother,” Eva Galambos was among the local activists who lobbied the state for decades for the right to form a new city. After the pioneering incorporation of Sandy Springs in 2005, she became the city’s first mayor. She left office in 2014 and died last year at age 87.

The state legislation creating the honorary designation said it is “abundantly fitting and proper that this remarkable and distinguished Georgian be recognized appropriately by dedicating an interchange in her memory.”

Eva Galambos

The late mayor is also slated to be honored in a new street called “Galambos Way” in the City Springs development underway on Roswell Road, which will include a new City Hall.

John Ruch

John Ruch is an Atlanta-based journalist. Previously, he was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.