Alan Abelson
1925 - 2013
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NEW YORK, NY - Alan Abelson, 87, whose son is Justin Abelson, editorial page editor for The Recorder, died Thursday (5-9-13) in Manhattan.
Born Oct. 12, 1925 in Queens, N.Y., to Harry and Vivian (Finkelstein) Abelson, he graduated from Townsend High School and the City College of New York, graduating in 1946 with a degree in chemistry and English. He then went to the University of Iowa and earned a master's degree in creative writing.
It was at the University of Iowa that he met Virginia Eloise Peterson, his future wife.
He returned to New York and first worked as a freelance journalist.
In 1950, he was hired as a copy boy at The New York Journal-American and later was promoted to reporter and then to stock market columnist.
Abelson joined Barron's as a reporter in 1956 and was named managing editor in 1965. He started his column, "Up & Down Wall Street," in 1966. He continued to write his column until shortly before his death. Abelson became Barron's editor in 1981. He held that post until 1992, when Dow Jones & Company, the magazine's owner, asked him to step down from the post.
However, he continued to write his influential column. An essential read for stock market investors and observers of the financial world, Abelson was known for his sharp wit and critical eye when it came to Wall Street and its movers and shakers as well as someone who did not back down from what he wrote or what he thought was right.
He also served as a contributor to television's "News at Sunrise" on NBC from 1982 to 1990.
Abelson received the Loeb Foundation's Lifetime Achievement Award for financial journalism in 1998. The New York Financial Writers Association gave him the Elliot V. Bell Award for outstanding contributions to the profession in 1999.
Despite a public professional life, Abelson was a private individual. He enjoyed good food, good books and the company of dogs. He also was quite proud of his grandchildren.
Abelson was predeceased by his wife, who died in 1999.
Besides his son and his daughter-in-law Deena Ferguson and their children Rob, Evan and Claire, survivors include his daughter, Reed Abelson, a reporter at the New York Times, and her partner Dr. Jaqueline Worth and their children Emily and Kate.
A memorial service will be held at a future date.
The family suggests memorial donations to Guiding Eyes for the Blind, 611 Granite Springs Road, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598.Text

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Published in The Recorder on May 13, 2013.
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May 15, 2020
God is a God of all Comfort and he will Comfort the family's...My heartfelt condolences to the family's. ..
May 9, 2020
God is a God of all Comfort and he will Comfort the family's..My heartfelt condolences to the family's..
November 7, 2016
Valenda Newell
January 31, 2015
Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss.
Katherine Abelson
January 9, 2015
Please accept my sincere condolences and sincere prayers that go out to the surviving family and friends. May the God of comfort continue to bless you and yours especially after such an untimely loss of a very precious life please accept my deepest sympathies. (2 Cor. 1:2, 3).
August 30, 2014
To the family of Alan Abelson: Please throw all your pain on God because he cares for you.
March 16, 2014
A touching legacy for a great talent who has done so much and cared so deeply for others through fine works “I pray that he may grant you through the abundance of his glory to be made mighty in the man you are inside, with power through his spirit… (Ephesians 3:16) May the family have peace we cherish the special memories.
November 27, 2013
May the God who has the ability to give comfort to all, comfort the family in this their time of need. I offer you my deepest sympathy for your loss.
November 20, 2013
Alan was a great basketball player. We enjoyed the game. What a great guy to be around.
Dennis Adams
October 29, 2013
My condolences to the famly of Mr. Abelson. May the God of all comfort be with you at this time(Isaiah 61:1,2)
October 23, 2013
My sincere condolences to the Abelson family.
October 10, 2013
I am sorry for your loss. I hope you can find comfort in the words written at (Jeremiah 29:11,12)
October 10, 2013
To the family and friends of Alan sorry for your loss. Please take comfort in the God of all comfort. 2 Cor 1: 3.
October 7, 2013
With deepest sympathy to the Abelson family during your time of grief...God is for you a "refuge and strength," A help that is there to be found difficult times...May God provide you with "peace and comfort" to endure the days ahead...(Psalm 62:8).
September 29, 2013
Rev. chapter 21 verse 4 reads "And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will morning nor outcry nor pain be anymore.
Tim Smith
August 27, 2013
With our deepest condolences.
John 11: 1-44
r. Pettigrew
June 28, 2013
I'm so sorry to hear of your loss,please accept my condolences during this time of grief. John 5:28
June 12, 2013
Condolences to the family at this time. Psalm 46:2
May 25, 2013
Alan abelson's. style and wit will never be duplicate. When his column disappeared i looked hopefully for it to return before finally realizing its disappearance was. A prelude to the end. So sad. So sorry
F. Paffe
Fabian Paffe
May 19, 2013
To the Abelson family: May the memories you cherish fill your heart with peace today and give you the strength and courage to sustain you on your way. Deuteronomy 31:6
Carmen B
May 18, 2013
Alan was the Lowell George of financial scribes. Hopefully they will work together in the afterlife keeping us all honest. Kicked of my weekend with Alan for nearly 30 years. Goodbye friend I never new.

Ted, St. louis
May 17, 2013
May God fill your heart with peace an comfort you today and the day ro come, so sorry for your loss as you keep close the fond memories and know that God is with you and will provide peace to you.
May 15, 2013
To the family and friends of Mr. Abelson you have my deepest sympathy for your loss. In times like these we need the power from our Creator. A God who can create such a beautiful universe most defiantly can comfort you at this time. Please rely upon Him.
May 14, 2013
Alan Abelson wrote with great clarity about complex subjects. His passing is a great loss not only to financial reporting but to all of journalism.
Dennis Kucinich
May 13, 2013
I enjoyed Mr. abelson ,those many years ago, on News at sunrise.When he spoke I listened. I am sorry for your loss.
May 13, 2013
Those of us in the investment world all relished "Saturday's with Alan". Like "Sunday's with Morrie" we all learned so much from you that you put forth in such an elegant way. Saturday mornings will never be the same. RIP Alan. You will be remembered and missed.
Peter Kezon
May 13, 2013
Trust in Jehovah with all your heart and do not lean upon your own understanding. In all your ways take notice of hin, and he himself will make your path s straight. ( PROVERB 3:5, 6)
Lonnie Johnson
May 13, 2013
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
May 13, 2013
Sorry for the loss of you loved one. No one wants to see a loved one go. That's why we can look forward to the paradise earth where death will be no more.
May 13, 2013

May God's gentle peace fill your heart and comfort your soul today and
in the days to come, I am so very sorry for your loss. As you cherish
fond memories also know that God is with you and will provide peace
and hope in the days ahead.
May 13, 2013
Oh, I am so very sorry to hear of Alan's passing. He was a good friend and mentor to my husband John, who passed away in 2000. Alan's financial writing was so funny, deft and original. And fearless. Maybe that was the best quality of all. What a profound loss. Please accept all condolences, sympathy and prayers of support at this time.
Frances Liscio
May 12, 2013
so sorry for your loss,may God keep and comfot the family.He has said that he is holding you with his right hand of righteousness.~~~~~~d~
May 12, 2013
May you find comfort in the God of refuge at this time. Psalm 46:1
May 11, 2013
May god (Psalms 83:18) be with you at this difficult time.
l e
May 11, 2013
He punctured pretense and pomposity with deftness and great joy to the pleasure of his devoted readers. We will miss him.
Sheldon Sachs
May 11, 2013
Andrew albor lewis ?
andrew lewis
May 11, 2013
May God bless your family until you are reunited with your loved one.
May 11, 2013
May the love of God, friends and family carry you through your grief.
May 11, 2013
Rest in peace Alan you were so very good at your job.By wit and clarity,you made so many,wiser,encouraged and informed.thanks buddy.Rest well.Jim travers NYC
May 11, 2013
Dear family as I look upon Mr. Abelson's picture his smile seems so genuine very pleasant, so as you reflect on your loved ones life may it bring you happiness. May you also meditate on God's words of hope and comfort. Romans15:4
A Am
May 11, 2013
My sincere condolences to Mr. Alan's family and friends. May you have solace in knowing he is peacefully resting. Ecclesiastes 9:5
May 10, 2013
I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one. Please find peace and comfort in Psalms 65:2.
May 10, 2013
So sorry to hear about your loss, I know this must be a difficult time for you and your family. Please remember the words of comfort found at John five, twenty eight and twenty nine. I hope this brings you comfort as it has been for me.
May 10, 2013
May 10, 2013
I am going to miss your writing very much.
I am grateful for the wisdom,insight and laughter you provided me over the years.
George Leon
May 10, 2013
The Best in the business. I looked forward to his column every week. Rest in Peace.
Robert Thackston
May 10, 2013
HE Will Raise You Up On Eagle's Wings,

Bear You On The Breath Of Dawn,

Make You To Shine Like The Sun,

And Hold You In The Palm of HIS Hand.

An Old Friend.
May 10, 2013
rest in peace
Dwayne Bickham
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