Abraham (Avi)-Bass-Obituary

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Abraham (Avi) Zisha Bass

DE KALB, Illinois

Aug 22, 1940 – Dec 9, 2018 (Age 78)


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Abraham (Avi) Zisha Bass   

Born: August 22, 1940, Cleveland   

Died: December 9, 2018, DeKalb.

Avi Bass, a long-time Northern Illinois University journalism professor, died December 9 at Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital after a short illness.

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Avi was my second cousin. Although I only met him twice, I enjoyed his company and a fruitful exchange of views. Shortly after it happened, he published my essay about the terrorist attack on September 11 on an NIU website he ran. His middle name Zyshe was his grandfathers and my mothers uncles the poet Landau. Avi had lived a full and meaningful life. My condolences to the family.

Andrew Pakula, Toronto

Belated condolences to Avis grieving family and great circle of friends and colleagues. Very sad to learn of his passing. Though I never met him in person, he was very much a strong presence with his voice and comments via the JFR. From time to time I was grateful to receive a personal e-m on particular occasions. We have lost a most valuable colleague at a time of rising crisis in the North American academic sphere. May his memory be a blessing; may his work and commitment serve as an...

For the Bass family,
Please accept our deepest condolences. Avi helped so many people so much.
All the best,
The Weiner family

My deepest sympathy to Avi's family. I am terribly saddened by this loss. The JFR postings were always the goto place for me to catch up on campus news related to Judaism and Israel. Avi could be trusted to offer balanced and fair views. I will miss him terribly. May his memory be a blessing. Baruch Dayan Ha'emet.

I had the great pleasure of working with Avi for many years in my previous capacity as director of communications for the global Hillel movement. Avi and I worked closely together although we only met in person once. He was a consummate gentleman, scholar, and mensch. His passion for the Jewish people and his commitment to civil discourse (shalom bayit) helped him to overcome the polarizing issues on today's college campuses to make a positive difference. For that alone he should be...

I am a professor of Psychiatry at UCLA as well as an active member of the Jewish Studies Department and I have admired the writing of Avi Bass and read his work regularly, I will miss his writing and comments. I wish to have had the opportunity to meet him

Thanks, Avi, for your wonderful work and for the wisdom and gentility with which you conducted the JFR postings. Under your supervision, controversy never degenerated into acrimony, and a genuine community was convened.

I was a loyal and admiring reader of Avi Bass. He will be very missed even by those of us who never met him in person.

I wish to share the grief of the Bass family for a loss of a brave man, a fighter for the Jewish people, for Israel and for humanity. Thank you Abe, for sharing with me for 2 decades your blog on Jewish Campus life and on Israel. Even though we never met, I feel the great loss for all those who condemn antisemitism and who love Israel and grieve with you all.
May you rest in peace.

Dan Graupe,
Emeritus Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering
and of...