Samuel Abraham Sept. 23, 1923- March 16, 2012 Resident of Kensington After 88-1/2 years of living, learning and teaching, Sandy passed away on March 16, 2012. A son of Greek immigrants, Sandy was born and grew up in New York City with his brothers, Albert and Marvin. Family and education were prized by the Abrahams, and Sandy pursued both wholeheartedly all his life. Sandy proudly served in WWII, participating in battle campaigns in New Guinea and Southern Philippines, for which he received a Bronze Star for combat heroism. Upon his return from the war, Sandy completed his B.S. in Organic Chemistry from the College of New York. In 1948, he moved to California to pursue his Ph.D in Comparative Biochemistry from UC Berkeley, after which he became a member of the teaching staff. In 1966, he was named Director of Research for Children's Hospital Medical Center in Oakland, a position he enjoyed for almost two decades. At UC Berkeley, he met the love of his life, Marjorie, now deceased, and the two married and built a home in Kensington, where they raised daughters, Jan (Dixey) and Martha (Marti). Though his passion was science, an endeavor that took him around the globe, Sandy's heart was centered in his home on the hill. Sandy was known for his keen intellect, eidetic memory and frugality. He was a master at Bridge, Scrabble and bagel-making, and enjoyed family weekends in Timber Cove, sailing and traveling. Sandy is survived by his daughters, Jan (Dixey) Faciane of New Orleans, LA, and Martha (Marti) Hirsch of Boulder, CO, brothers Albert Abraham and Marvin Abraham, sister-in-law, Reeva Abraham, and sons-in-law Anthony Faciane and Michael Hirsch. His three granddaughters, Esther Faciane, Rachel and Katya Hirsch brought him great joy and pride. Sandy is also survived by a host of other relatives and devoted friends, including the Grassetti-Kruglikov family, Michael Rossi and Lisa Hotchkiss. A memorial will be held in June - to receive information, send your email address to email@example.com. Memorial contributions can be made to Children's Hospital Foundation Oakland.
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Published in Contra Costa Times on Mar. 25, 2012