Abraham S. Anderson
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).
Published by The Virginian-Pilot on Jan. 25, 2019.
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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 24, 2020
A Roberts
February 13, 2020
Ruth Rachel Anderson-Avraham
February 12, 2020
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
Ruth Rachel Anderson-Avraham
February 12, 2020
Ruth Rachel Anderson-Avraham
February 12, 2020
Ruth Rachel Anderson-Avraham
February 12, 2020
Happy Heavenly Birthday, Dr. Anderson
Linda Williams
February 7, 2020
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Linda Williams
February 7, 2020
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 31, 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 10, 2019
Billie Anderson
May 6, 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
April 29, 2019
Ruth Rachel Anderson-Avraham
March 7, 2019
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
Adrienne Roberts
March 6, 2019
Ruth Rachel Anderson-Avraham
March 5, 2019
Ruth Rachel Anderson-Avraham
March 5, 2019
Ruth Rachel Anderson-Avraham
March 5, 2019
Ruth Rachel Anderson-Avraham
March 5, 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 18, 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 10, 2019
Uncle Abe you were the kindest man. I will miss your soothing soft spoken voice. Lovingly your niece, Yvette
Yvette Fox
February 1, 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 31, 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 30, 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 28, 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
January 27, 2019
My sincere condolences to Dr. Anderson's family, he was the best Dr. I knew, thank you for delivering my twin boys. Marcelle and Markale Griffin. Love and respect, Lisa Griffin
Lisa Griffin
January 27, 2019
I am sorry to hear of Dr. Anderson's passing. I worked with him at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital years ago. He was a very wise and dedicated physician. He treated everyone with kindness and respect. My condolences to his family.
Janet Neeley-Johnson
January 27, 2019
My prayers and condolences goes out to the family may you rest DR . A YOUR JOB HERE ON EARTH IS DONE IM AM BLESSED TO HAVE HAD A DOCTOR LIKE YOU!! YOUR GREATNESS LIVES THERE ALL OF US THANKS FOR BRINGING 2 OF MY BABIES INTO THIS WORLD SAFE
Deanna Bell
January 27, 2019
Dr A,
As I knew him, was the most compassionate, soul I have ever met in my life ... there isn't enough room
On this page to tell you the impact he had on my nursing career . I have been crying fir 3 hours upon learning of his death. You will
Be missed !
Lisa Caplan
January 27, 2019
MAY HE REST EASY HE WAS A VERY GOOD DOCTOR AND PERSON!!!!!
Adrienne Roberts
January 26, 2019
I will truely miss mr.Anderson he really has a special place in my heart.And he also delivered some of my babies too.R.i.p.Love ms.scales.
Jennifer Scales
January 26, 2019
I'm so sorry to hear that this great man has passed,he delivered my daughter at Norfolk community hospital in 1974,I have always loved him for that delivery it was the best day of my life,rest dr.anderson for your job is now done,r.i.p
Vangeline Smith
January 26, 2019
Awww this is so sad to hear!!!! This man had such an amazing spirit. He delivered my first son and was there for most of my second pregnancy, may he Rest In Peace and look down to see his work did not go in vain!!!
Aisha Johnson
January 26, 2019
MAY HE REST EASY HE WAS A VERY GOOD DOCTOR AND PERSON!!!!!
Adrienne Roberts
January 26, 2019
MAY HE REST EASY HE WAS A VERY GOOD DOCTOR AND PERSON!!!!!
Adrienne Roberts
January 26, 2019
I remember working alongside Dr. A in labor & delivery & the OR @ Norfolk Community Hospital. That place was like one big, happy family. He was such a kind, gentle hearted person. He always spoke in such a soft voice. I enjoyed the time I was there. He will be truly missed!!
Carolyn Garry
January 26, 2019
R. I.H.P Dr Anderson for your faithfulness and service to all of your patients..You delivery both of my daughters and my grandsons..Now you may rest knowing your earthly job has be done.My prayer and condolences to the Anderson family that God will give you the strength in this time..He was the best...

Tenesia Johnson
Tenesia Johnson
January 26, 2019
Rest in Heaven Dr. Anderson you were one of my favorite patients to see.
Yateemah Blount
Acquaintance
January 26, 2019
Rest In Jesus Arms.
Judith Walston-Henderson
January 26, 2019
My sincerest condolences to the family and friends. I remember Dr. A. Anderson, as a soft-spoken OB/GYN physician, whenever we had contact with each other while working at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. He was respected for his knowledge, demeanor and skills in the field! His passing will be greatly missed by many! Rest In Peace ☮
Linda Smith
January 26, 2019
Rest In Peace Dr A. It was such a great pleasure knowing you and working with you. You have touched so many lives...I will never forget you!
Gisella Regodon
January 26, 2019
Dr..Anderson was the best he delivered both of my children they r now 32 and 29 he will definitely be missed!!!!!
Bobbie Jones
January 26, 2019
Condolences to Dr Anderson's Family
Etta Lynch
January 26, 2019
Sending my condolences and prayers to his family and close friends. A well respected and loved OGYN. I had the pleasure of having him deliver my last child.
Kayvonda Green
January 26, 2019
So sadden to hear this..The whole State of Virginia loved this Doctor he is a legend great at everything he did. We love you Doctor A. Anderson from Taneka
Taneka Sutton
January 26, 2019
Dr. Anderson you will be missed. I have 3 kids and you delivered all of them. I love you. Rest in Heaven.
Bernadette Patterson
January 26, 2019
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Clara Graves
January 26, 2019
my prayers goes out to the family friends and patiences of Dr.Anderson he truly will be missed May God comfort you throughout his legacy
Donvolne Edwards
January 26, 2019
RIP Dr. Anderson. You were a wonderful doctor.
Susan Settineri, MD
Coworker
January 26, 2019
Dr Anderson was such a great man and doctor. I worked with him at Chesapeake general in labor and delivery. He treated the nurses with respect and was funny, kind, humble, and generous. He will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him.
Brenda Jennings
January 26, 2019
My law partner was privileged to represent Abe for many years and I always looked forward to seeing him in the office. He was truly a gem of a human being and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Stuart Nachman
January 26, 2019
Condolences and prayers for the Dr.Anderson's family, friends and colleagues. He was an excellent and caring doctor who put his patients needs and care first.
Tracie Thompson
January 26, 2019
Very sorry to hear of the loss of Dr.Anderson! He And his brother delivered my 6 children. He will truly be missed.Yvonne Wanda Edmonds-Owens
Yvonne Edmonds- Owens
January 26, 2019
My condolences!! Dr Anderson ! Delivery my children!!
Kim Jones
January 26, 2019
I remember when Gynecology Associates opened on Tidewater Dr. All my aunts, then my cousins became patients. In the words of the you people, "He was booked and busy." Lol! Thank you Dr. Anderson for your many years of service to the community. Well done. You've earned your rest. Sleep In Peace.
Angela Scott
1 of the Dunkirk Ave. Patient crew
Angela Scott
January 26, 2019
This man was an awsome Dr. He delivered me and 26yrs later he delivered my babygirl. He will be missed.
Samantha Lucas
Acquaintance
January 26, 2019
Dr it was a pleasure trusting you with my babies birth who are now you adaults ,i will forever remember you
Tamika Robinson
Friend
January 26, 2019
Dr.Anderson was an awesome doctor with great bedside manners.Whenever you see him walking in the hospital he would always speak . He delivered my oldest granddaughter
Carolyn Saunders
January 26, 2019
Such great memories of working with Dr. Anderson at Chesapeake Regional. He was dedicated to his patients and one of the greatest. Dr. Anderson will be missed by many. My deepest condolences to his family. RIP Dr. A
Tasha Sydnor
Coworker
January 26, 2019
Sorry to hear this news :( Dr. Anderson was a wonderful and caring doctor, and was my doctor for many years along side Dr.Williams. He will surely be missed. Sending my condolences out to his family in this time of bereavement
Respectfully,
Tamara Newsome
Tamara Newsome
January 25, 2019
Doctor Anderson was an Awesome Physician. He cared deeply about his patients. He will Greatly be missed. I Thank God For Allowing Me To Meet This Great Doctor. I Just Want To Say Thank You Doctor Anderson. Rest On Doctor Anderson Shannon McCoy an Family
Shannon McCoy
January 25, 2019
Your father was a great Dr. and man who made a difference in so many lives. I know he did in mine. May God continue to be with the family, we were truly bless to have him. If you were luck you may have gotten a smile.
Linda Spruill-Banks
January 25, 2019
You've delivered SO many babies and now your work here is done may your soul rest peacefully. Condolences to the family
January 25, 2019
I'm so sorry for your lost my prayers and thoughts are with the family great great Doctor❤❤
Tonya Hawkins
January 25, 2019
My prays are with you so sorry for your loss
Brenda Riddick
Friend
January 25, 2019
U will be truly missed. I remember not having insurance &u still seen me to make sure i was ok. U told me i delivered all of y'all why wouldn't i help. U was always always there. It will never be another u. Rip well done job
Jen Council
Acquaintance
January 25, 2019
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Kelly Grant
January 25, 2019
Condolences to the family.
-Bruce, Angela Smith & Family
Bruce and Angela Smith
January 25, 2019
Rest In Peace, Dr Anderson. I appreciate everything you taught me. God bless you and your family.
Benigno Federici
January 25, 2019
My heart is saddened to hear about the passing of our beloved Dr.A. I became a patient of Dr. A as a scared pregnant teenager in 1972. Dr. Anderson treated me as if I were his own child with kindness and respect and without judgement. He took time to explain to me and mom about everything that was happening throughout the pregnancy. He assured my mom that although I was young I should deliver the baby without problems and even helped her get me into a maternity school so that I could graduate on time. He delivered 2 more of my children over the next twenty years and remained my doctor til he retired. My family and I will always love Dr. A and appreciate his kindness. God bless the family. Angela Smith.
Angela Smith
January 25, 2019
I am so sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful man that has impacted many generations. His legacy will live on.
Selena Johnson
Friend
January 25, 2019
One of the best doctors there was. Delieved my son and was my obgyn for my daughter and son. May God grant peace to your family, friends and those you impacted in this time
January 25, 2019
So sorry for your loss, he was a great man I been at Chesapeake region for 18 years that's how I know him.rip a good man
January 25, 2019
Rest in heavenly peace. I was one child you delivered . you are a blessing dr abraham. God be with you
Reggie Killion
January 25, 2019
Dr. Abe was an amazing physician! Lots of good memories while working with him at SNGH. My heart broke when I heard of his passing. Prayers to his family. RIP sweet Dr. Abe you touched so many lives and wil truly be missed
Christy Ledford (Warden)
Friend
January 25, 2019
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