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EDWARD M. ABRAMS Edward M. Abrams died on February 22, 2007, following a long illness. Eddie was born on March 13, 1927, in South Bend, Indiana. His grandfather had moved his family there from Chicago in the early 1900s, and it was in South Bend that in 1925 his father, Alfred R. Abrams, founded a commercial construction company that specialized in remodeling retail store fronts and building chain stores throughout the United States. Eddie, his father, Al, his mother, Lee, and his older brother, Bernie, remained in South Bend until 1938, when Al Abrams moved his company to Chicago. Two years later, the family and the business relocated to Atlanta, Georgia, which became their permanent home. He attended Boys High School and North Fulton High School in Atlanta, and then enlisted in the U. S. Navy in 1945, just before his eighteenth birthday. After the war ended, Eddie attended Georgia Tech briefly before transferring to the University of Notre Dame, where he received a bachelor of science degree in Business Administration in 1950. Shortly after his graduation, he was recalled into the Navy, subsequently receiving his commission from the Naval Officers Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island. He served as a radio officer aboard the USS Albany and then as a naval intelligence officer at the Pentagon. While stationed in Washington, DC, he attended the Georgetown University Graduate School of Foreign Service.After retiring from active military service in 1952, Eddie and his brother, Bernie, joined their father's business, A.R. Abrams, Inc. (later renamed Abrams Industries, Inc. and now Servidyne, Inc.), where he served as a senior executive and member of the Board of Directors for fifty years, until his retirement in 2002. He was a longtime member of the Advisory Council of the College of Arts and Letters at his alma mater, the University of Notre Dame. He served as president of the Atlanta Chapter of the American Jewish Committee and president of the Atlanta Chapter of the National Conference of Christians and Jews. Throughout his life, he retained a profound and active interest in interfaith understanding, endowing a chair of Jewish Studies at Notre Dame and engaging in various interfaith activities in the Atlanta community, including service in one of the first Catholic-Jewish dialogues in the nation. As part of that project, he met during the 1960s with a small study group of Catholic and Jewish clergy, including a young priest named Joseph Bernadin, who in 1983 was elevated to cardinal by Pope John Paul II. Edward Abrams is survived by his wife of 53 years, Ann Uhry Abrams of Atlanta, his children, Alan Ralph and Margaret Abrams of Marietta; Laurie and John Lindey of London; and James Andrew (Andy) and Mary Abrams of Sandy Springs; his grandchildren Patrick, Daniel, Sarah, William, and Jamie Abrams, and Edward Lindey; and six nieces and one nephew. Burial will be private. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, February 25, 2007, at 4:00 PM, at The Temple, 1589 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, followed by a reception for family and friends. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be sent to the Abrams Fund, Office of Development, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556, or to a charity of your choice. Arrangements by H. M. Patterson & Son, Spring Hill Chapel, 1020 Spring Street NW Atlanta 30309 (404) 876-1022
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Feb. 23, 2007
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