Elizabeth Jean Koury

Service Scheduled for: Saturday, Dec. 18 11:00 AM
Died: Dec. 7, 2021
Elizabeth Jean Koury, 47, of Pottstown, PA passed away on Tuesday, December 7, 2021 following a lengthy illness. In her short life, Elizabeth gave this world, her family and friends, a lifetime of fond memories, generosity, and kindness. She is survived by her parents, Sam and Louise Koury of Pottstown, as well as her sister Susan and her son Jacob, sister Lisa and her husband Tim and daughter Sydney, and brother Trip, along with his wife Nikki and children, Austin, Maddi and Gabbi. She also left many loving aunts and uncles, cousins and friends.

Liz lived by one of her favorite quotes: “In a world where you can be anything, be kind.” She was incredibly kind but she was so much more to all who were privileged to know her. She was extremely intelligent, fun to be around, hard-working, intensely loyal, generous, and quick witted. She had a presence and aura about her that made people want to spend time with her, feeling safe to share thoughts and feelings, as she provided an indescribable calm and comfort, sometimes without saying a word. She was a master at observation and as a result, was wise beyond her years from a very young age. Liz was someone who would not judge or impose her opinion but if asked, would give the unfiltered truth. Her world revolved around her family but this did not mean you needed to be biologically related. “Family” meant something more to Liz and while she would absolutely stop the world for her nieces and nephews, there are friends who are as much “Koury” as those who bear the name.

Liz attended St. Peter’s elementary school and graduated from St. Pius X High School in 1992 where she was a member of the field hockey and basketball teams. She continued her education at Elizabethtown College where she found her calling in science and graduated in 1996 with a degree in Biology. She went on to earn her Master’s degree from Lehigh University in Bio-Organic Principles of Pharmaceutical Science.

Professionally, Liz dedicated her life to Science. She worked for a number of pharmaceutical research companies in her early career where she made significant contributions to the basic understanding of diseases effecting the central nervous system, women’s health, and oncology. Her efforts lead to the successful development and advancement of compounds to treat various diseases and conditions such as Alzheimer’s, anxiety, depression, sleep disorders, endocrine imbalances, and multiple forms of cancer. Some of this research has been published in scientific journals. In 2012, Liz joined LabConnect, a central laboratory services organization for pharmaceutical research. Within two years she was managing the company’s entire Scientific Operations division. She was later promoted to Vice President of Scientific Affairs and is credited with growing her division by ten-fold and creating the company’s first in-house lab for sample processing support. She also made significant contributions to the company’s culture, and as was the case wherever she worked, was an admired colleague, mentor, leader and friend to all who knew her.

Outside of work, Liz enjoyed traveling, especially to the west coast and Ireland. She was an avid sports fan who coached her nephew’s basketball team, watched her nieces and nephews sporting events and kept current on her football picks. Most of all, she loved to bring family and friends together to eat, drink and laugh.

A memorial mass for Elizabeth will be held 11:00 A.M. on Saturday December 18, 2021 at Saint Teresa of Calcutta, 256 Swamp Pike in Schwenksville, PA. Relatives and friends will be received Saturday from 9:00 to 10:45a at the church.

Elizabeth would ask that in lieu of flowers, any donations be made to stjude.org, savethechildren.org or donorschoose.org, three very worthy charities that Elizabeth believed in and supported

Arrangements are by the Schumacher & Benner Funeral Home & Crematory, at 359 King St. in Pottstown, PA.

The services will start at St. Teresa of Calcutta Church

This obituary was published in the following newspapers:

The Mercury