Michael Abrams

Michael Abrams
Oct. 24, 1944 - Nov. 1, 2013
Resident of San Jose
Mike, an instructor in the Psychology Department at San Jose State University, passed away suddenly at the age of 69.
Mike was born and grew up in Chicago, Illinois, the middle of three sons. He received his undergraduate education at Northwestern University and went on to earn his Ph.D. in Psychology at the University of Toronto. Early in his career as an experimental psychologist he taught at the University of Manitoba and at Ohio University.
Switching to the high tech field, Mike at first went to work for NCR in Dayton, Ohio, designing computer simulation experiments, and later worked for 13 years at Hewlett-Packard in San Jose as a software engineer.
A man of many interests and activities, Mike was never at a loss for something to do. He was an avid tennis player and also an accomplished bridge player. He enjoyed golf and sailing and the Oakland A's. He baked his "famous" scones for everyone he loved. He never stopped reading in his field and could speak about a myriad of topics with knowledge and passion. He was a faithful volunteer for several community organizations, including Second Harvest Food Bank and Hospice of the Valley.
Mike's greatest joy was spending time with his wife June, whom he adored and encouraged for 20 years. Besides June, he is survived by daughter Allyson and son-in-law Amir Kats; daughter Ilana and son-in-law Steven Hyman; son Aaron and partner Elaine Poon; stepsons Kevin and Paul McCullough; grandchildren Adam and Danielle Hyman; brother Steven Abrams and sister-in-law Abbe Alpert; and brother Sheldon and sister-in-law Mickie Abrams. We all love him and will miss him greatly.
A memorial event will be held Sunday, December 8th, 2:00 PM, at the SJSU Memorial Chapel. Donations in Mike's honor may be made to Second Harvest or Hospice of the Valley.


Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Nov. 8, 2013