Irwin Abrams passed away suddenly early the morning of December 16. He was 96 years old, and would have turned 97 in February. He died peacefully and without pain at the Friends Care Center Yellow Springs. The family will hold a memorial service sometime in January 2011. Until then, condolence cards may be sent to his home address: 913 Xenia Avenue, Yellow Springs, OH 45387.
Irwin's wife, Freda Morrill, whom he was married to for 60 years, passed in 1999. In In 1947 he was appointed to establish the department of History at Antioch College, and he taught European history and International Studies there for over thirty years. A theorist and practitioner of international education, he helped organize the Antioch Education Abroad program and he was also Coordinator of International Programs for the Great Lakes Colleges Association.
In 1997 he received the degree of Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Antioch University. Irwin was regarded as one of the world's leading authorities on the history of the Nobel Peace Prize and his book "The Nobel Peace Prize and the Laureates 1901-1987" was selected by the American Library Association as one of the "outstanding reference works of 1989".
Memorial contributions in memory of Irwin Abrams can be made to:
Yellow Springs Tree Committee
P. O. Box 122
Yellow Springs, OH 45387
American Friends Service Committee
Steve Cary Peace & Justice Internship Fund
1501 Cherry St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102-1403