Victor Abel, 89, died on Wednesday, April 12, 2006 at Ashland Community Hospital. He was surrounded by family and friends. He is survived by his wife Estelle; daughter, Louise Abel Curtis of Medford, Oregon and Madeline Abel-Kerns of New York; son-in-law, Brian Kerns of New York and incredible friends and family all across the globe.
Victor was born on August 4, 1916 in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated from City College of New York in 1937 with a degree in Chemistry. He married Estelle in 1947 and they immediately moved to San Francisco. The Abels resided in the Bay Area and Sacramento for many years prior to coming to the Rogue Valley in 1989.
Besides his interest in all things scientific, Victor was a Master Fencer in Foil, Epee and Saber. He loved music, especially opera; he sang and taught private voice lessons. He was an avid fly fisherman, photographer, computer programmer and cabinet maker; he could fix anything that was broken! He had a huge appetite for knowledge, reading and research; he regularly completed the New York Times Sunday Crossword in ink. He loved to "discuss" a variety of topics including politics and religion and wrote many diatribes to newspaper editors over the years! He was a natural teacher and expert on many subjects.
Victor was truly a Renaissance man with a larger-than-life personality, who touched many lives -- he will be greatly missed.
The Abel family would like to express their heartfelt appreciation to Dr. Beth Leone, Dr. Patrick Honsinger, the staff at Linda Vista Care Center, Ashland Community Hospital Emergency Room, Med/Surg unit and Hospice for their wonderful loving care of Victor -- you made the journey much easier for all of us.
Donations may be made in Victor's name to the Choir at Havurah Shir Hadash, P.O. Box 1262, Ashland, Oregon 97520, (541)488-7716