Abner Gaines

March 31, 1923August 16, 2018

GAINES, ABNER J., 95, passed away Thursday, August 16, 2018. He was the husband of the late Rosalyn (Berenson) Gaines. Abner was born in Atlantic City, NJ, the son of the late Jacob and Lilly Ginsburg. He is survived by his daughter Barbara A. Gaines and her husband Richard D. King Jr.; sister Molly Bailin; and grandchildren Liliana, Robert, and Thomson King, nieces Laura-Beth Sholkoff (Jack), Debbie and Dori Bailin, nephew Ari Berenson (Ilyana), and many, many friends. Abner was born in Atlantic City, NJ, the son of the late Jacob and Lilly Ginsburg. In 1944, he graduated from the University of Michigan, and then served as a Marine in World War II, with active duty in the Pacific and China. Upon return to the US, he obtained a Master’s degree in library science from the University of Pennsylvania, and worked in the Temple University library in Philadelphia. In the early 1960’s, he was recruited to the University of Rhode Island as an Associate Professor of Library Science, where he remained until his retirement. After retirement, he and his wife traveled the world, ultimately visiting all seven continents. In addition to travel, he had a great love of books, reading, justice, and football.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Civil Liberties Union, or the charity of your choice.


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vicki burnett

August 19, 2018

Professor Gaines was the person who approved my employment at the URI Main Library back in the 70's. He will always be one of my favorites--very unassuming and always charitable. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that he had been a marine during WW2! Semper Fi Professor Gaines!

John Etchingham

August 18, 2018

Abner and I worked in the library at URI. Such a fine man; a great model for me. And always a gentleman. He certainly was the embodiment of the professional. He will be missed. RIP.

John B. Etchingham, Jr.
North Kingstown

Sheila Smith

August 18, 2018

To The Gaines Family
Sorry for your loss!
Sheila Smith
264 Biscuit City Road