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Dr. John Abrell


Dr. John William Abrell, 65, of 2222 Pleasant View Road, Adamstown, died Sunday, Dec. 2, at R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, Baltimore, of injuries received in an automobile accident on Mountville Road, Frederick.

He was the husband of Elinor Moser Abrell, whom he married Dec. 2, 1967.

Born Aug. 30, 1936, in Martinsburg, W.Va., he was a son of the late John Wesley and Merle Aikens Abrell.

Dr. Abrell was a 1954 graduate of Martinsburg High School, earned a bachelor of science degree from Duke University, a master of science degree from Dartmouth College, and a doctorate in chemistry from Washington University in St. Louis.

During most of his professional career, Dr. Abrell was associated with the National Institutes of Health as a research scientist in his early years, and later as an administrator in health sciences. He retired from the National Cancer Institute in May 1998.

For more than 20 years, he and his wife raised, bred and exhibited Siberian huskies and Bernese mountain dogs. He was a founding member and past president of the Catoctin Kennel Club, and was serving as secretary at the time of his death. He was president of the Chesapeake Siberian Husky Club, and an active member and past officer of Potomac Valley Bernese Mountain Dog Club. He also enjoyed gardening.

Surviving in addition to his wife are one daughter, Laura Bartels and husband Clyde of Martinsburg, W.Va.; one sister, Sarah Barnes and husband J, of Los Angeles; three grandchildren, Ashley Hubbard, Jacqueline Bartels and Brooklyn Bartels; one nephew, Nicholas Barns; one niece, Catherine Barnes; and a number of aunts and cousins.

Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at Keeney and Basford Funeral Home, 106 E. Church St., Frederick.

A celebration of Mr. Abrell's life will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at the funeral home. Deacon John Manley, of St. Timothy's Roman Catholic Church, Walkersville, will officiate.

Interment will be private.

Friends may also call from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at Brown Funeral Home, 327 W. King St., Martinsburg, W.Va., where memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to either Canine Companions for Independence, Northeast Regional Center, P.O. Box 205, Farmingdale, N.Y. 11735-0205; or Camp Greentop Fund, The League for People with Disabilities, 1111 E. Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore, Md. 21239-3998.

Published Online in The Frederick News-Post on Dec. 5, 2001
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