Edward Joseph Abrams
October 15, 1949 – January 22, 2019
Edward Joseph Abrams Written by former student Katie McDowell
Edward Joseph Abrams died January 22, 2019 after a four-month battle with cancer. Ed was born in Brooklyn, New York to parents Edward and Francis. He attended Brooklyn Technical High School (Brooklyn Tech), a prestigious and selective high school that specializes in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and, after graduation, went on to earn his bachelor of science and master’s in education from C.W. Post College, now Long Island University.
In 1972, Ed began his teaching and administration career at Saint Andrews Episcopal School in Oceanside, New York where he was a teacher of high school mathematics and science, a coach to the soccer, basketball and baseball teams, and the Dean of Discipline. It was during his tenure here that Ed participated in NASA’s Teacher in Space Project, a program designed to inspire students, honor teachers, and spur interest in mathematics, science, and space exploration; he proudly displayed his certificate on the wall of his office for many years. In 1984, Ed was appointed as Headmaster of St. Andrews by its founding headmaster, The Reverend George T. Cook. In his new role which he held until 1994, he continued to teach and to uphold the school’s central principle of a Christ centered education. He also rebuilt the school’s Driver Education program into one of the most successful in the region. It was at St. Andrews that Ed met his wife, Lorrie whom he married in 1981. Together Ed and Lorrie made their first home in Freeport, New York and began their family. Lorrie taught science at St. Andrews as well, and the couple was beloved for taking their upper class students on ski trips each winter. In 1995, Ed and his family moved to Peachtree City, Georgia—a place where he urged all his friends and relatives to move for its charm and pleasant pace. Here he was proud to continue his passion of teaching high school mathematics at Clayton County Schools and served as chairman of the math department and math coordinator. He ended his career as a data analyst for Clayton County. Peachtree City is also where Ed was a founding member of All Saints Anglican Church, with a goal to provide an enduring place of worship for the faith that he held deeply.
As a teacher and mentor, Ed ensured a lasting impression on his students and colleagues by always challenging them to rise to their best and encouraging them to believe in themselves. His family and friends remember him as a fun and witty guy who enjoyed entertaining at home, always had a story to share and who loved a glass of scotch. The most important part of Ed’s life was his family. He was a loving husband, a proud and supportive father, and a wonderful grandfather. Together they cherished their regular visits to Walt Disney World with Lorrie’s parents, cousins, and their extended Disney Family. Ed is survived by his wife Lorrie, son Ryan and girlfriend Jennifer, son Douglas and wife Lauren, daughter Kimberly, grandson Parker, and daughter Kelly.
- Visitation Friday, January 25, 2019
- Memorial Service Saturday, January 26, 2019
Edward Joseph Abrams
January 25, 2019
I have known Eddie my entire life. I never called him Uncle as even though he was my mother's brother he was only 10 years older than me and more like my older brother who did not live us. Eddie taught me how to play pinochle. We would pile in the car after supper once or twice a week and go my grandparents house. Eddie, my grandparents, and my mom used to play pinochle and I always wanted to learn. Eddie would let me sit with him and observe and eventually I replaced my grandfather in the game. To this day, pinochle is still my favorite card game. When I was in High School I was interested in becoming a teacher. Eddie believed so much in education that he would take me to St Andrews so I could observe him in action. I am not sure if he was disappointed when I chose a different path, but if he was, he never let on. He was a very special man who will be missed!! Attached is a picture of Ed when he was about 3 years old.
January 25, 2019
Mr. Abrams took me under his wing when I first began teaching 11 years ago at Riverdale High School. I was in a trailer and he was one of the only people who came to check on me. In fact, he always protected me. He made sure my son was attended the better of the choice of schools. When I left Riverdale, he still always came to check on me. If he heard news of some big event in my life, he would personally come to ensure I was indeed okay. He comforted me when my own mom, that had to meet him at one point, passed away in 2017. He always remembered every detail. He knew what and who mattered to you most. Even when I left Clayton County, he was still steering me in the right direction. He convinced me to take my family on Disney Cruises. He always spoke of his family. Every last one of you. You were the inspiration of our math/music and Georgia Tech talks. I’ll miss running things by him, but most of all I’ll miss the great man of honor, compassion, and integrity he was. His indelible legacy lives on through so many. We thank him for his service.
January 24, 2019
Ed was always a joy to talk with, and it was very clear he was an educator in all respects. It seemed there was always a teaching point. He will be remembered for his integrity, compassion, and yes, his love of Disney.
January 23, 2019
Dear Abrams Children and Grandson, in particular,
Your most dear and beloved Mom can tell you more, at some point in time, but your Dad's kindness to me as one of his students and his good and true desire to answer my specific questions until it was understood by me --- and not only that --- his patience in the face of my frustration is the mark of a superb and splendid man and teacher...a caretaker of my education. You must know, your Dad's goodness and kindness has gone far. Your Dad's goodness and kindness has lasted these 40 years and the joy in my heart for these gifts he has given me feels as fresh and new as if it were just the other day.
With devotion, caring and love of your Mom,