William Bill K. Abend MD

May 26, 1946September 21, 2013

William K. Abend, MD, age 67 years, of Newton on Saturday, September 21, 2013. William (Bill) is survived by his loving wife Phyllis (Weiss), devoted children Nicholas Abend and his wife, Gayle Chesley, of Philadelphia, PA and Katherine Abend and her husband, Kevin Wallace, of Washington, DC, cherished grandchildren Jack and Alexander Abend and Anna Wallace, beloved mother Esther Abend, brother Stephen Abend and his wife, Barbara, of Kansas City, MO, sister-in-law May March and her husband, Walter, of Chicago, IL, brother-in-law Bernard Weiss and his wife, Beverly, of Sarasota, FL, and many nieces, nephews and cousins throughout the United States and Israel.

Bill was born on May 26, 1946 in Kansas City, Missouri to Esther and the late Joseph S. Abend, who had immigrated to the United States from Poland with other family members prior to the war. Bill attended Southwest High School and went on to graduate from the University of Michigan, College of Engineering in 1968 with a major in Electrical Engineering. He earned his PhD in Neurophysiology and his MD from the University of Chicago in 1976. Bill completed his neurology training at the Harvard hospitals of the Longwood Neurology Training Program in Boston, MA and continued research at MIT. He was a staff neurologist at the Brigham and Women's Hospital and also a Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School. In 1990, Bill joined Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates Department of Neurology and worked at the Wellesley and Chelmsford Medical Centers. He received multiple awards for his clinical expertise, including the Paul Solomon Peer Recognition Award from Harvard Vanguard, which honors physicians and other clinicians for their outstanding contributions through clinical excellence, patient service, teaching, or research. Bill was a knowledgeable and devoted caregiver who took the time to support patients and their families. He was appreciated for his gentle demeanor as he cared for countless patients and offered comfort in times of fear and uncertainty. He was described by colleagues as a person of integrity and character.

Bill placed family as his highest priority. He enjoyed spending time outdoors with Phyllis and his two children, and he was especially fond of hiking with his family in wilderness areas. As his children became adults, Bill took great pleasure in discussing their professional interests, and also playing with and teaching his grandchildren. He valued maintaining solidarity among his extended family, and over the years he made it a point to attend many family events across the country.

Services will be held on Monday, September 23 at Levine Chapels, 470 Harvard Street, Brookline at 1:00pm. Interment at Or Emet Cemetery, 776 Baker Street, West Roxbury. Following internment, the family will receive visitors at his late residence through 9pm, and continuing Tuesday 7-9pm with Minyan at 7:30pm each day. In lieu of flowers, Bill’s family asks that you consider a donation to the Temple Emanuel General Fund, 385 Ward Street, Newton, MA, 02459 or to the Jewish Community Foundation, 5801 West 115th Street, Suite 104, Overland Park, Kansas, 66211, “Allen Abend Scholarship Fund” in memo section.


  • Funeral Service Monday, September 23, 2013

William Bill K. Abend MD

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Kim Behrens

October 18, 2013

Dear Phyllis
Dr Abend was my doctor.i will miss him. He used to make me family is thinking of your family.
Kim Behrens

October 15, 2013

I am saddend to hear of my friend and colleagues passing. I extend my condolences to his family.

Michael A. Williams

October 11, 2013

God Bless you,Dr. Abend.

Bill Rothschild

October 11, 2013

I'm a physician who was a patient of Dr. Abend for 13 years. Aside from his obvious skills and intellect, he radiated a rapport which I treasured during every visit. I'll miss both his wisdom and positive outlook.

My thoughts are with his family,


October 10, 2013

In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.


October 9, 2013

I was very saddened to hear of Dr. Abend's passing. I was his patient very briefly. I only had one appointment with him, but the kindness and concern he showed for me during that appointment (and the follow-up phone conversations after some tests) stayed with me.

October 8, 2013

15 years as my neurologist; a wonderful & caring physician, who I will sincerely miss. My deepest sympathies to Dr Abend's family.
-Frank Sullivan

October 8, 2013

My condolences to the family.
May the God of all comfort provide you with the strength needed to cope with your loss.

October 8, 2013

I was a patient of Dr. for almost 20 years. I was not an easy patient for him personality wise. It was only with his calmness , honesty, determination that I was able to come to terms with my condition. I dont know if that would have happen without Dr. Abend. I am sad for everybodys loss.

Joan Thomas

October 7, 2013

With my deepest sympathy. Dr. Abend was my doctor for 20 years and was always kind, knowledgeable and gentle. I will miss my visits with him and his calm assurances that everything would be alright. A reassuring presence in the midst of complicated medical decisions. Joan Thomas