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September 20, 2018

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December 11, 2017
Like everyone else, Marvin's bagels are a large part of my memory of him. He always had a batch for me to take home whenever I came to town to visit. We met through Reeva, and through Paul Ebert at the Playhouse. Marvin and I shared a great love for Gilbert and Sullivan, and were especially happy whenever Playhouse would put on one of their operettas. I also remember Marvin pretending to not like Reeva's cats, while petting whichever one had jumped into his lap.
December 3, 2017
Aunt Reeva, Seth, Naomi, David - It's hard for me to write here. I feel so sad. I am sad that all three of Nona and Papu's boys are gone now. I am sad that with Uncle Doc goes another bit of the Romaniote culture. He was a special person both for who he was and for how he lived.

What I have written below is stuff you know but maybe someone else will read it and know a little something new about Marvin.

My sister and I called him Uncle Doc. Marvin was my dad's baby brother. Dad told us that when they were kids in New York, playing marbles and stick-ball on the street, Marvin was so clever all the kids on the block would call him "Professor". Eventually that nickname morphed into "Doc". Dad called Marvin "Doc" so naturally, to us, he was Uncle Doc.

To his parents, he was "Precious". They called him this because his parents were so very happy that he was born. Doc was the forth son in the family. The oldest son, Meyer, died in childhood before Doc was born. Doc was named after Meyer, following the Romaniote (Greek Jewish) custom.

My father was always very proud of his little brother. He loved him very much. Even when my dad would tease Doc about living in Oak Ridge by calling it "Dog Patch", he knew that Doc was there doing solid scientific work and that Oak Ridge was really a perfectly nice town. My dad was a scientist too, he just liked to razz his little brother. He used to razz him about bagels, arguing that he baked better bagels than Doc. I guess I can safely say it now, Doc's bagels were better (though Dad's were really delicious too).
December 3, 2017
Marvin and Reeva were wonderful hosts to many, many Naval Academy Midshipmen over the last 20 years. We were all truly blessed to have Marvin's friendship and enthusiastic support year in and year out. He was an outstanding example for the midshipmen - smart, humble, talented, enthusiastic, fun, and extremely personable. He was the best! He will be greatly missed.
December 2, 2017
To Mrs. Abraham, Seth, Naomi, and David:
I wanted to let you know what a privilege and honor it was to have your husband and father a part of our familys life. My brother, sister and I feel grateful for his friendship, because he created so many wonderful childhood memories for us.
What I remember most was his infectious smile and his positive outlook on life. My siblings and I were always so excited when my Dad took us to see Mr. Abraham, because he was fun and exciting. I will always treasure Mr. Abrahams energy and sense of adventure when we went bike riding in Cades Cove and hiking in the Smokey Mountains.
When I attended college at Tennessee Tech University, I studied long hours, but did not do well on exams. Discouraged, I decided that college was not for me and made plans to drop out. However, Mr. Abraham drove with my dad 3 hours all the way to Cookeville. He took me aside and spent time talking to me and encouraged me to continue my studies.
Without Mr. Abrahams influence, I would not have a college degree nor a family. I have nothing but my utmost gratitude, admiration, and respect for your father.
Sincerely
Mark Chen