Dr. Herbert K. Abrams

Dr. Herbert K. Abrams A man of untiring spirit and unbridled friendship passed peacefully at home on July 9, 2006 after a three month battle with leukemia. Just shy of his July 11th, 93rd birthday, he left a legacy of love, strength and compassion. His lifetime goal was helping those in need, and in doing so he kindled the torch of kindness for all. Wisdom and wit, a gentle touch and ready smile, a friendly spirit endeared him to everyone he knew. Honored by many, Herb honored humanity with his work and caring. He and his wife, Sofia of 57 years were an inseparable team and their home a haven, giving more than they received. Herb relocated to Tucson from Chicago in 1968 to head the Department of Family and Community Medicine, UofA, College of Medicine. In conjunction with this position, he founded the El Rio Health Center. Herb has tirelessly served the Tucson community. He helped to save the El Pueblo Health Center and he was active in many aspects of civic life in Tucson He recently received the honorable copper letter from the office of the Mayor to "Dr. Herbert K. Abrams, Extraordinary Doctor and Citizen...(His) gifts and talents have enriched our lives for many years to come." On July 1, he received the US Surgeon General's Medallion. He is survived by his loving wife, Sofia; daughters, Linda Abrams (Stan Gordon), Ellen Abrams (Terry Coleman); and Amy (Tony) Persechini; four grandchildren, David and Julie Coleman-Abrams, Dan and Joshua Persechini. The family is grateful to Carondelet Hospice, Chachis, Susan, Dottie and Rosario, and to the overwhelming love and support of his many friends. A memorial service for Herb will be on Saturday, September 2nd, 2:00 p.m. at the Duval Auditorium at UMC. Contributions in his name may be made to Andrew W. Nichols Initiative, OAF/COPH, PO Box 245163, Tucson, AZ 85724-5163.

Published in the Arizona Daily Star on July 23, 2006