Dr. Harry Abramson
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AGE: 97 • Somerville
Dr. Harry Abramson, 97, died quietly in his sleep, surrounded by his wife of 64 years, Libby and daughters, Dale (Cookie) Abramson of West Windsor, Vermont, Lisa Abramson-Conlon of Bridgewater and Amy Abramson-Denhoff of Wickford, Rhode Island. He was born in Montreal to Abraham and Clara, in 1915. The family moved to Newark when Harry was 7. He knew from an early age that he wanted to be a doctor, "to help people". Dr. Abramson attended Temple University, Loyola of the South and graduated from LSU and LSU Medical School in Baton Rouge. During WWII he served in the Army Medical Corp, as a Captain in the ETO.
Upon returning from the War, he took residencies at the Isolation Hospital in Bellville, NJ and Flower Fifth Ave. Hospital in NYC. Since he had seen more polio patients than anyone else in Somerset Co., he became the Polio Specialist in the area. In 1964 when polio vaccine became available, he served as Chairman of the program to immunize everyone in Somerset Co. against polio. He came to Somerville in 1948 as the first board-certified Pediatrician in Somerset or Hunterdon counties. In 1971, he became the first board-certified Allergist in Somerset County. He served as Chief of Pediatrics at Somerset Hospital for 17 years, bringing modern pediatric care to the county. He fought 8 years for parents' rights to stay with their hospitalized children 24/7. Dr. Abramson was always interested in aiding future nurses and doctors and established an education fund through the Somerset Co. Medical Society to help needy nursing and medical students. He served on the Board of Health, Board of Education, President of Somerset Medical Assoc., founding member of Temple Shalom and founder of Somerset Pediatric Group. He was also a member of the Gardeners Club of Somerset Valley.
Besides his wife and daughters, he is survived by sons-in-law Kevin Conlon and Joseph Denhoff and grandchildren Erica Rose and Chase Denhoff and Alexander and James Conlon.
Funeral Services will be held at Temple Sholom, 594 N. Bridge, Bridgewater on 10am Wednesday. Interment will follow at Beth Israel Cemetery, Woodbridge. Arrangements by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home, 111 N. Gaston Ave., Somerville. Shiva will be observed on Dec. 12 & 13 from 7 to 9pm at the home of the Abramsons. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made "In memory of Dr. Harry Abramson" to either Temple Sholom in Bridgewater or to Community Care Hospice: 110 West End Ave., Somerville or on-line www.communityVNA.org. To send condolences to the family, visit wwwbrucecvanarsdalefuneralhome.com.
Published in Courier News from December 11 to December 12, 2012