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ABRAM, Jane Jane Isabella Maguire Abram October 12, 1920 - October 2, 2009 Jane Isabella Maguire Abram died peacefully at her home at St. Anne's Terrace in Atlanta, Georgia on October 2nd, ten days short of her 89th birthday. Ms. Abram, a graduate of Florida State College for Women, was at one time a reporter and feature writer for a predecessor of the Orlando Sentinel-Star. She continued to file special features including stories of her life in Oxford, England, where, following WW II, her husband was a Rhodes Scholar. In 1975, her book, On Shares: Ed Brown's Story was published by W.W. Norton. The book drew praise from several prominent African American leaders including the noted scholar, Professor Kenneth B. Clark. Roy Wilkins, then Executive Director of the NAACP wrote, "Illiterate but intelligent, Ed Brown understood that white people too were victimized by the system. Here is a realistic picture of the cotton culture of the southern states as it existed." Jane Abram was the eldest child of Ruth McCullough Maguire and Raymer F. Maguire of Orlando, Florida. Her siblings Martha and Raymer predeceased her. Her father was President of the Orlando Bar Association. Her mother was described by the Orlando Sentinel as an "antique collector and lover of everything from eras past." On January 3, 1944, Jane Maguire married Morris B. Abram in Orlando, Florida. They were later divorced. During their long marriage, they had five children: Ruth, Ann, Morris, Adam and Joshua; nine grandchildren: Anna Kaye and Noah Teitelbaum, Benjamin and Joshua Abram, Jason and Alex Novak, Michael Farhat, Max and Harry Abram; and two great-grandchildren: Amelia and Stella Kaye. While raising her children, first in Atlanta, then in Massachusetts and New York, Jane Abram served as an accomplished and stylish hostess in support of her husband's career which included leadership positions at Brandeis University, the American Jewish Committee, the United Negro College Fund and the United Nations. With her husband, Ms. Abram met many world leaders including Presidents Kennedy, Johnson and Pope Paul VI. At the time of her marriage, Jane Abram's grandfather John H. McCullough, along with his brother-in-law, J.G. McCrory, oversaw the McCrory Five and Dime stores. Ms. Abram's paternal grandfather, David Maguire moved from Georgia, where his family owned a plantation burned by Sherman's army, to Ocoee, Florida. His house there, the first in town to have electricity, is now a State Historic Site. A member of the Junior League of Atlanta and the Second Sunday Night Club, Jane Abram was a voracious reader who believed in the transformative power of reading. Ms. Abram personally tutored many adults in reading. Throughout her adult life, she managed to be productive and energetic while managing adult onset diabetes. She remained graceful, dignified and charming despite the additional burden of dementia, from which she suffered in her latter years. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Literacy Volunteers of Atlanta and/or St. Anne's Terrace. Arrangements by Wages & Sons, Stone Mountain Chapel 770/469-9811.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Oct. 6, 2009
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