• "I am so sorry to have just learned of this. My memories of..."
    - Kathleen Anderson
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    - Lorna Shaw
  • "I met Abe when my children attended Science School in Woods..."
    - Karen Coburn
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    - Rena Epstein
  • "I will miss my step father greatly."
    - Paul FIlson


died peacefully on April 19, 2016 at the age of 90, surrounded by family, after a long battle with prostate cancer. He was the quintessential New Yorker. A first generation American whose parents fled Russia, he rose to international prominence as a research scientist at Columbia University where he was the Research Director of the Department of Ophthalmology and held the Malcolm P. Aldrich Chair. During the summers he continued his research and writing at the Marine Biological Laboratories in Woods Hole, MA. He was a gifted amateur violinist, avid concert-goer, world traveler, and a beloved husband, father and grandfather. Dr. Spector's pioneering research contributed to our understanding of cataract and the aging process. His intense curiosity, lively intellect and absolute dedication to family made him a special person to many. He will be greatly missed. He is survived by his wife, Mitzi Filson, four children, David Spector, Paul Spector, Paul Filson, and Adele Filson, and nine grandchildren, Ben, Anna, Danielle, Julian, Sophia, Tyler, Jackie, Elena, and Lucas. Donations in Abraham Spector's memory can be made to "Department of Ophthalmology, Columbia University, for the purposes of the Abraham Spector Prize Lecture Fund," a forum that presents innovative research in vision and neuroscience, and be sent to 635 West 165th Street, Box #13, New York, NY 10032.

Published in The New York Times on Apr. 22, 2016
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