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Dr. Abraham S. Anderson, 83, softly passed from this world on the morning of Tuesday, 22 January 2019, of natural causes. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Ruth Gray and Charles Anderson of Kingston, Jamaica, and his younger brother, Dr. Bernard Anderson of Gondar, Ethiopia.He is a graduate of Calabar High School, an all-boys secondary school in Kingston, Jamaica, Howard University and Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, DC.As an immigrant to the United States, Dr. Anderson made historic contributions to the medical community of Southeastern coastal Virginia and North Carolina.Founding physician of Gynecology Associates, Ltd, in Norfolk, VA, Dr. Anderson grew, together with his colleagues, a medical practice with multiple offices, including in Portsmouth and Chesapeake, VA, predominantly owned and managed by physicians of color. Gynecology Associates became known for its dedicated service and commitment to communities of color and immigrant communities, those without medical insurance, and military families for almost 50 years. He was a champion of a woman's right to choose. In the true spirit of The Physician's Prayer by Maimonides, patients in need were welcomed with open arms.He served as the Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Norfolk Community Hospital during the last decades of its existence, and later at Chesapeake Regional Medical Center, where a delivery room was dedicated in his honor for his "outstanding service to families" in the community. He estimated that he had delivered over 10,000 babies in his lifetime.Dr. Anderson was also a longstanding and well-loved member of the Community Faculty at Eastern Virginia Medical School, and was recognized with the Community Faculty Teaching Award by his medical students in Residency on numerous occasions.A charitable person, Dr. Anderson donated funds, educational tools and medical supplies to organizations in the United States, the Caribbean, Central America, Africa and the Middle East during the course of his life. He made significant donations of land to the University of Miami for scientific research projects, and to a neighboring charitable organization in his native Jamaica. After his retirement, he happily donated professional-grade microscopes to the Homeschool program at the Norfolk Public Library.Known for his kind and humble demeanor, as well as his soft-spoken intellect and humor, he loved water sports, gardening, woodworking, and travel, and, as a lover of fine cuisine, was quite the amateur chef. He cherished spending time in his native Jamaica, as well as Belize. Towards the end of is life, his spiritual journey continued, as he began to learn and study the Bible and to pray with greater intensity, learning more about the Jewish roots of the Judeo-Christian tradition in which he had been raised. Dr. Anderson is survived by his former spouse and the mother of his children, Dr. Gloria D. Anderson, of Norfolk, VA; his three children, Ruth Rachel Anderson-Avraham and Joni Anderson of Norfolk, VA, and Anthony Anderson of Virginia Beach, VA; one grandchild, London Robinson of Norfolk, VA, daughter of Joni; his younger brother and sister, Winston Anderson of Silver Spring, MD and Jean Anderson of Annapolis, MD; beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers and sisters-in-law, and extended family, both in the United States and abroad.Family and friends are presently gathering at 1913 Fox's Lair Trail, Norfolk, Virginia 23518.On Sunday, 27 January 2019, from 3-5pm, the family will receive friends for visitation and signature of the register at Metropolitan - Granby, 7246 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23505.The Funeral Service will be held on Monday, 28 January 2019, 11am, also at Metropolitan - Granby, and the interment at Carver Memorial Cemetery in Suffolk, Virginia will immediately follow. Memorials may be directed to Metropolitan - Granby. Those who desire may make a charitable contribution in memory of Dr. Anderson to UNICEF (www.unicef.org) or to Howard University (https://giving.howard.edu).

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Published in The Virginian-Pilot on Jan. 25, 2019.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
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Service
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Funeral service
11:00 AM
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Interment
Carver Memorial Cemetery
MEMORIES & CONDOLENCES
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February 24, 2020
Dr. Anderson delivered my younger son, Lennox, in 2015. Most knowledgeable and attentive doctor Ive ever had. Im sorry for your familys loss. God rest his soul.
Stacy John
Acquaintance
February 13, 2020
Rest Easy Dr.A you will always be missed
A Roberts
February 12, 2020
First Yartseit Candle, Avraham ben Ruth, 16 Shebat 5780/11 February 2020, © Ruth Rachel Anderson-Avraham 5780 2020.<br /><br />May His Memory Be Blessed.
Ruth Rachel Anderson-Avraham
February 12, 2020
First Yartseit, Avraham ben Ruth, 16 Shebat 5780/11 February 2020, © Ruth Rachel Anderson-Avraham 5780 2020.<br /><br />May His Memory Be Blessed.
Ruth Rachel Anderson-Avraham
February 12, 2020
BS"D

Miss you so much, Abba. May your soul be well, and elevated, wherever you are.

Love and Light, Ruth
Ruth Rachel Anderson-Avraham
February 12, 2020
Coconut Pecan Cake for Abba, What Would Have Been Yom Houledet/Happy Birthday 85, 12 Shebat 5780/7 February 2020, © Ruth Rachel Anderson-Avraham 5780 2020.
Ruth Rachel Anderson-Avraham
February 12, 2020
Dried Red Roses Out to Sea for Abba, Virginia Beach, 25 Tebet 5780 / 22 January 2020, © Ruth Rachel Anderson-Avraham 5780 2020.
Ruth Rachel Anderson-Avraham
February 12, 2020
White Silk Roses for Abba, Virginia Beach, 25 Tebet 5780 / 22 January 2020, © Ruth Rachel Anderson-Avraham 5780 2020.
Ruth Rachel Anderson-Avraham
February 7, 2020
Happy Heavenly Birthday, Dr. Anderson
Linda Williams
February 7, 2020
Took 2 of my Grands to see the wonderful Dr/man who brought them into this world
Linda Williams
February 7, 2020
Dr. Abe delivering my Grandaughter 2006
Linda Williams
February 7, 2020
Dr. Anderson meeting my Dad upon delivery of his first Great Grandaughter 2006
Linda Williams
February 7, 2020
Gynecology Associates Company Picnic 1994 Nurses Linda and Heidi
Linda Williams
May 31, 2019
I am deeply saddened to learn of Dr. Abraham Anderson's passing. I had the extreme honor of working with him in his office and he also delivered all 3 of my Grandchildren. Dr. Anderson was a kind, compassionate, and generous soul. The best Doctor I have ever worked with/for. He never turned a patient away...regardless of their ability to pay. I remember many nights we would load up the company van and drop patients off at their homes because the buses had stopped running! That's right, I said "nights". Patient appointments ran from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and then the "walk-ins" started. I have so much respect and love for this man. He was a great teacher, mentor, and friend. He was also a perfectionist, if you left a stone unturned you would hear about it...because he delivered excellent, optimal patient care, and if you were fortunate enough to work with him or be his patient, you knew this. He was a champion of women's health and advocate for choice. There will NEVER be another Abraham S. Anderson, MD. Fly high, Dr. Abe, and thank you. You will forever be in my heart.
Linda Williams
May 10, 2019
I was so sorry to hear that Dr A has passed
on. He was a wonderful man that delivered all
my children. I'm so sorry for your loss.
Sherry MUNDEN
May 6, 2019
Billie Anderson
April 29, 2019
BS"D


Dear All,

We Thank You deeply for your condolences.

Those who would like to visit our loved one, Abraham S. Anderson, MD, at his final resting place, or to remember him further, may also visit his online memorial at FindAGrave.com.

May G-d bless you, protect you, and keep you.

All our best,
The Anderson Family
Ruth Rachel Anderson-Avraham
Family
March 7, 2019
Memorial For Abraham S. Anderson, MD, as published in the North America and UK Jamaica Gleaner on 7 March 2019
Ruth Rachel Anderson-Avraham
March 6, 2019
Reggie .community hospital 1975
God bless you doc. I'm a 43 year old man now being you delivered me in good health. I miss you old man. Fly high amongst the angels and your lord and saviour
Reggie Killion
March 6, 2019
GOD PLEASE TELL DR.A HES TRULY MISSED PLEASE PUT UR LOVING ARMS AROUND HIM .
Adrienne Roberts
March 6, 2019
DR.A YOU WILL ALWAYS BE IN MY HEART AND THAT SOFT VOICE VERY GOOD BED SIDE MANNER GOD BLESS UR HANDS TO TAKE CARE OF ME AND MY SON DEC.30.1992 NOW MY SON HAS BEEN A SCIENCE TEACHER FOR 4 YRS YOU ALWAYS TOLD HIM TO KEEP UP IN SCHOOL MUCH LOVE.
Adrienne Roberts
March 6, 2019
We miss you Dr.A please rest easy till we meet again love you
Adrienne Roberts
March 5, 2019
Abraham S. Anderson, MD and Russell Carter, MD, Montmartre, Paris, France, Winter 2006-2007
Ruth Rachel Anderson-Avraham
March 5, 2019
Abraham S. Anderson, MD and Russell Carter, MD, Admiring Géricault and Delacroix in the Louvre, Paris, France, Winter 2006-2007
Ruth Rachel Anderson-Avraham
March 5, 2019
Abraham S. Anderson, MD (L), Abraham S. Anderson, MD and One of Ten Thousand (R), and Five of Ten Thousand (B)
Ruth Rachel Anderson-Avraham
March 5, 2019
"Dr. Abraham Anderson in the waiting room of his Tidewater Drive office on March 9, 1990." (Virginian-Pilot)
Ruth Rachel Anderson-Avraham
February 18, 2019
Dr. Anderson will be missed! He delivered my first born! He delivered ME! LUV you DR. ANDERSON! Rest In Peace! You are surely one of God's greatest gifts!
Robin Harrell
February 10, 2019
To the Family of Dr. Abraham Anderson,
I am very saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. Anderson. Dr. Anderson tended to me during my first pregnancy and delivered my first born on Jan 6 1977. Even though my son's birth was 40+ years ago, I will always remember the excellent care and attention Dr. Anderson provided to me throughout my pregnancy and delivery. At that time as a first-time soon-to-be-mother who did not know what to expect, Dr. Anderson's professionalism, calm demeanor, and assurance that everything would be fine is something I will always remember; he was awesome. He took such great care of so many women in the Tidewater area. His legacy will live on forever. Extending my sincere condolences to the family.
S. Lewis
February 1, 2019
Uncle Abe you were the kindest man. I will miss your soothing soft spoken voice. Lovingly your niece, Yvette
Yvette Fox
January 31, 2019
BS"D

Abba, you will be sorely missed.
Ruth Rachel Anderson-Avraham
Daughter
January 31, 2019
BS"D

A Poem for you, Abba.
You will be sorely missed.

Love,
Ruth

_______________________________________________


To The Sky

When we miss someone
We see them in every little thing that we do

Switching on and off
the light

Pouring a cup
of coffee

Sitting on the edge of the bed
before lying down to sleep at night

When we miss someone
We see them in every little thing that we do

Their souls linger with us
Though they have departed from us

Making us well with tears

Or quietly break into a knowing smile
joyfully embracing their presence
their memory in our minds
and hearts

Together, We laugh
We cry
We fly

G-d carries us on His wings
So that the people we love
Never leave us

~ Ruth Rachel Anderson-Avraham,
21 Shevat 5779, 26 January 2019
Ruth Rachel Anderson-Avraham
January 30, 2019
My regards and condolences to Dr. Andersons family. Andy (as Dr. Anderson was known to his classmates) and I were in the same class at Howard Universitys College of Medicine. After graduation, we were assigned to the same training team of 3 interns at Freedmens Hospital. In Medical School and during that year of training, he was so dedicated that he gave up everything that was not directly connected with our training. Often that included eating and sleeping. However, then and later, he always had a quiet, patient, caring manner with a superior intellect that permitted him to have outstanding dedication to the practice of Medicine!!
As time passes, I do hope that both his family and his patients will be comforted by memories of him, his honesty, his diligence with his wonderful quiet but quick sense of humor, his accomplishments and the love he gave to you.
That love will never die!!
Juanita A. Archer, M.D.
Juanita Archer, M.D.
Classmate
January 28, 2019
I worked for Dr. Anderson for 10 yrs @ the Greenbrier Office on Eden Way. I worked the front desk & "Doc" used to joke how it was like being on the "Front Lines" of a war!! Never a dull moment!! The majority of OB/Gyn's in this area all interned under Dr. A. He was one of the smartest, humble & loyal to a fault person I have ever known!! We could not complain about the hrs that we worked as Dr A was right there with us & always stayed & we would all leave together. His dedication as a Dr. is a dying breed & I really do not not any Physician that holds a candle to Doc!! If Doc told me to schedule a surgery, a test @ the hospital or any other numerous request for a patient, he did not want to hear "They have no insurance & cannot pay". Somehow, someway together we made it happen. Doc was a humble man.When he spoke people listened as he was not a blow-hart.He took care of me & every patient as if they were his family. I loved Dr Anderson & am very proud to say that I was a part of his legacy!! I will miss you Doc!! I will never forget you & our years together!!

May the Lord Bless your Family & give them peace!!

Karen M. Boaz
Karen Boaz
January 28, 2019
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Marsha Jordan
January 28, 2019
A great man! He will always be remembered by the community he served so passionatley. My mother would not be here today if it was not for Dr. Anderson. May he Rest in Peace!

Robin Whitley and Family.
January 28, 2019
We are so sorry for the loss of Dr. Anderson Uncle Abe as we knew him. He was a wonderful gentleman with such a kind heart. We pray for the strength of the family. We love you all. Summer Johnson and the Ellis Family
January 28, 2019
To the family god bless you, and know we grieve and celebrate the life of your love one with you. I'm forever thankful for the care he provided our family, two generations.
Vera Johnson
January 27, 2019
My condolences to the family. Even though your work here on earth is done may you journey ahead be all you have dreamed and more. We all were blessed to know you. You were a great person and wonderful caring doctor. You gave your patients everything you had. And for me as a nurse I alway felt a mutual respect. You made nurses and other health professionals feel as important as yourself. Thank you to Dr. Andersons family for sharing him with us and all the people he cared for. Love and Prayers
Elaine Jones
Coworker
January 27, 2019
Dr Anderson was a very kind physician. I know he took care of many women without compensation, he was pragmatic and did what was needed to take care of his patients. RIP Dr Abe....
Carol Martins
January 27, 2019
Joni, on behalf of both myself and the NRHA Employees Charity Fund, you have our deepest and most sincere condolences.

You and your family are in my prayers.

Peace and Blessings,

Kathy
Kathy Mosley
Coworker
January 27, 2019
I had my first visit to Doc's office on Church Street when I was 18, I am now 67 and he was my sole gynecologist until his full retirement. I worked in his office on Brambleton Ave and he delivered my daughter. Doc was the most well-informed, gentle-spirited physician I know. He was well respected by patients and colleagues. I am blessed to have been under the care of such an excellent doctor and compassionate man. May God bless your soul.
Liz Ballard
January 27, 2019
RIP Dr.Anderson. Your kindness is being remembered, thirty eight years after you delivered my son. Thanks for you did for the community.
Virginia Stanislaus
January 27, 2019
My condolences to the Anderson Family Sorry for your loss!!He was a get Doctor!
Shamika Foster
January 27, 2019
I worked with Dr.A at Norfolk Community Hospital he taught me all I know about Labor and Delivery it was some of the most exciting times in my life. He delivered my firstborn son and my first grandson. This was a man who never turned anyone away from his offices that needed medical treatment whether you had the ability to pay or not. Rest In Peace Dr. A job well done.
Deborah
January 27, 2019
Dr. Anderson you were a true legacy and such a dedicated person with such a kind heart. Thanks for sharing your knowledge and laughs with me. You will be deeply missed. Rest In Peace with your Angels.
Tia Washington-Bennett
January 27, 2019
RIP Dr. Anderson ! He delivered my first born son 21 years ago
Raven Smith
Acquaintance
January 27, 2019
My deepest condolences to his entire family. He was truly the greatest doctor I ever had and took very good care of me until I lost my insurance a few years back. No doctor like him and he save my life when I was near death. He made sure I was well taken care of. I don't know about nobody else but I know what he was to me. My heart is broken. When I got my insurance back 3 years and went looking for him only to find his office closed down and he had retired. I still remember my first visit when his practice was on Portsmouth Blvd (Portsmouth, Va) October 7, 1986. What I will miss the most is his laugh and humor! I used to crack him up at every visit. That was my buddy there
Eboni Smallwood
January 27, 2019
Rest in heavenly peace Dr. Anderson. Remembering a kind and compassionate doctor. My sincere condolences to his family and friends.
Vanessa Richardson
January 27, 2019
linda lohnson
January 27, 2019
My condolence and prayers to the family. May God give you strength and comfort. Rest In Peace Dr. Anderson.
Linda Burden
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