Dr. Robert Abrams

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Dr. Robert Edward Abrams

Passed away October 13, 2013 of cancer at his home in Palm Desert, Ca. where he resided with his wife Janet of 35 years. He was 85 years old. At his request no service was held.


Dr. Abrams was born in Atlantic City and raised in Philadelphia. He received his BS and MS in Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Chemistry from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, and was a Professor of Pharmacy and Pharmacy Administration there for 15 years. Concurrently he was Executive Director of the American College of Apothecaries, and was Editor of the respected industry publication "Voice of the Pharmacist".


Bob was a major fund raiser for the . He was active in his synagogue in Broomall, PA., loved learning and inspired his children and students to work hard to excel scholastically. During his long career he belonged to many organizations, won many awards, and edited numerous pharmaceutical industry publications. He received an honorary Doctor of Science Degree from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in 1964.


Bob relocated to northern NJ in 1965 when he joined Roche Laboratories as Director of Distribution. From 1969 to 1980 Dr. Abrams was President and Chairman of the Board of Paid Prescriptions and its processing company, Health Applications System, which he relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area. He pioneered the prescription health care benefit for private industry and state Medicaid agencies. In 1990 he moved to Scottsdale, AZ and joined PCS Health Systems as Sr. Vice President, returning to San Francisco in 1993 to continue working for McKesson. Bob was also one of the Founders of International Plant Research Institute, one of the first agricultural biotechnology companies, established in 1980.


He is survived by his wife, Janet Fenwick Abrams; his children Carol Gamble of San Francisco, Judy Book of Nashville, and David Abrams of Phoenix and their spouses; grandchildren Grant and Hanna Book and Emily, Laura and Kate Gamble; and 3 great grandchildren.


Donations may be sent to the .


Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Nov. 17, 2013
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