Had a lifelong passion for teaching David T. Abalos of East Windsor, NJ passed away peacefully January 8, 2022. Dr. Abalos was born in Detroit, Michigan and lived in New Jersey for 55 years. He received his BA from the University of Toronto, an MA from Marquette University and his Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary. Dr. Abalos had a lifelong passion for teaching. He served as an academic advisor working with K-12 faculty in NJ and throughout the country to assist in transforming the curriculum to a multicultural and gender fair perspective. He was proud of his accomplishments at Seton Hall University where he was awarded SHU's highest honor, the Bishop McQuaid medal. The five books he wrote are a testament to his research and scholarship. Dr. Abalos served as a Visiting Professor and as a Faculty Fellow in the Politics Dept at Princeton University. He was Visiting Professor of Sociology at Yale University. Dr. Abalos' goal throughout his years of teaching had been to develop strategies to address the needs of marginalized communities in the areas of education and health. He cared deeply about his community in Hightstown-East Windsor especially the community at St. Anthony of Padua Church and the families served by Better Beginnings and RISE. His passion for justice in education and healthcare touched the lives of many in this community and beyond. Everyone always knew that he was just a phone call away no matter the hour. His roses were his favorite flowers. He loved nurturing them, always amazed at their beauty. When in bloom he would bring a bouquet into his home so they could be enjoyed inside and outside. His love of nature was passed along to his children who could call on him for gardening tips. He leaves behind his beloved family: his wife Celia, his son David and daughter-in-law Deborah, his daughter Veronica and son-in-law Albert, his son Matthew and daughter-in-law Sandra, his cherished grandchildren Matthew, Jazmin, Nicholas and Michael and many treasured family members. A Catholic Mass will be celebrated on January 22, 2022, at 2 PM at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Hightstown, NJ.
Published by The Star-Ledger from Jan. 12 to Jan. 13, 2022.