Ingrid Jurevics

May 10, 1927 - March 29, 2012

Ingrid Jurevics was born in Riga, Latvia, on May 10, 1927. She passed away peacefully at home in Chicago on March 29, 2012, after a stroke.

Ingrid left her homeland as a refugee during the Second World War, and emigrated to Canada, where she graduated with a bachelorís degree in 1955 and a medical degree in 1956 from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada. Ingrid began her medical career with an internship and residency at Milwaukee County Hospital, and the Lancaster Courses at Colby College, Maine. She became a fellow in the American College of Surgery, and a fellow in the American Academy of Ophthalmology. She entered private practice as an ophthalmologist in 1961 in Milwaukee. In 1972, Ingrid moved to Oconomowoc, and moved her medical practice to Brookfield. She retired in 1994.

Ingrid was an active philanthropist, bringing medicine and medical training to Latvian ophthalmologists after the fall of the Soviet Union, spending time and money to bring modern ophthalmology to her homeland. She taught eye surgery in Latvia, supplied medical instruments to Latvian ophthalmologists, and supported young Latvian eye surgeons. She also arranged for post-graduate training in the U.S. for several young Latvian surgeons, who lived in Ingridís house while they attended advanced courses which would allow them to return home and provide modern surgical techniques and a higher level of care than had been available during Soviet times.

Ingrid enjoyed tennis, water skiing, and downhill skiing with her family and friends. She and her husband shared many interests, among them travel, social events with friends, and ballroom dancing. Ingrid was an avid reader, in both Latvian and English, and liked to write poetry (but never told anyone).

Ingrid was the wife of the late Alfred Jurevics. She is survived by her three children: Vivian Solomon (David), Maris Jurevics (Susan), and Alda Licis (Maris); and her six grandchildren: Michael and Andis Solomon, Lucija and Maksis Jurevics, and Zigurds and Nikolajs Licis.

Visitation at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 31, and a memorial service at noon, will be at Krause Funeral Home, 9000 W. Capitol Drive, in Milwaukee. Memorial contributions can be made to the "Sveika Latvija" program of the American Latvian Association (ALA).