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11800 New Hampshire Ave, Silver Spring, MD

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Marshall David Abrams

December 7, 1940September 12, 2020

Marshall David Abrams was born on December 7, 1940 and passed away on September 12, 2020 and is under the care of Hines-Rinaldi Funeral Home.

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Kathleen Lowrey

September 17, 2020

Marshall and Rochelle (still feels funny not to call them Mr. and Mrs. Abrams, though I am nearly 50!) welcomed me into their home many times while I was growing up, including for an *entire summer* in the mid-1980s (Eve and Fern and I couldn't quite remember the exact year). No true curmudgeon would welcome the addition of a third teenage girl to the household mix; as everyone here knows, he was a softie at his core.

My many memories of Marshall are of a sweet, funny dad always ready with a wry, patient joke in the face of irrepressible teenage enthusiasms. I'm smiling as I write this, but with tears in my eyes.

Carl Landwehr

September 17, 2020

I first met Marshall when NIST was the National Bureau of Standards, and he was working there on networking standards in ARPAnet days. Probably it was at a job interview in the late 1970s. I didn't take the job, but we worked together professionally on many occasions and in many locations ever since. Despite his desire to be known as a "curmudgeon" I could never see him that way -- he was far too kind and thoughtful for that appellation. I will miss him.

Maegan Lowrey

September 17, 2020

My Condolences to his family, our family met the Abrams' children in school while living in Silver Springs, MD. I do recall his fondness for Trains!

Bill Lyders

September 17, 2020

Marshall was my go to guy if I needed information or to get something done in the Potomac Division. He made sure I got my articles into the flyer – now Alex has really big shoes to fill.

Marshall was a very friendly person who was always ready to chat. I really enjoyed working with him at the Potomac NMRA events. I was even fortunate to be able to Operate on his layout. The last time I saw Marshall was on the NMRA Cars Clinic a couple of weeks ago on Zoom, where he participated from his hospital bed…it may have been after his heart attack too.

Marshall lived NMRA….he will be sorely missed by all of us…I know I will miss him.

Bill Lyders
Gainesville, VA

Emily Beaton

September 16, 2020

Marshall was a wonderful natural mentor to more junior staff at MITRE. Everyone knew and loved him.

Bill Day

September 15, 2020

I chiefly knew Marshall from our common interest in model railroading. At all times Marshall was a leader. True to his academic and corporate experience, he universally took the long view. One example: his vision of a Mid-East Division convention of the National Model Railroad Association produced the best-organized and executed event in decades. Among many other interests and activities, Marshall will be missed, but never forgotten.

Steve Rome

September 14, 2020

Marshall's passing leaves a tremendous void in the universe. Few have contributed in so many ways and truly personally touched so many lives. Marshall was always able to work "above the fray" to get things done, and I have always appreciated his friendship and humor. I saw first hand how he worked tirelessly for so many years for the success of ACSA and ACSAC, and brought to our programs people who had unique expertise. He cherished his title as curmudgeon, but rather than being ill-tempered he was consistently a voice of reason. My deepest condolences to all of his family and countless friends/associates...he will be missed!

stuart katzke

September 14, 2020

I have been honored to have Marshall as a professional colleague and friend for more years than I can remember. Although working for different organizations, we found many opportunities to collaborate on cyber security projects and, in the process, Marshall, Rochelle, Viv (my wife), and I became personal friends. I fondly recall the 2-week cruise we took to South America and the many folk music concerts we attended. I will miss the intellectual discussions I had with Marshall and always treasure my memories of him—he was truly unique and gave his time generously to the cyber security community. I send my sincerest condolences to Rochelle and the rest of her family. May the memories of the life they shared together sustain them in their grief.

Gary Mason

September 14, 2020

In comparison with many others I only met Marshall in the mid-2000s in connection with model railroading. He was as kind a person as one would every want to meet and his enthusiasm for the hobby was infectious. He will be missed. My thoughts go out to his family and friends.

Daniel Faigin

September 14, 2020

I've know Marshall since we first met at the ACSAC conference in 1989, and we've been friends and colleagues since. I will miss working with him, and sharing interests with him. He leaves a legacy in his life and in this industry that is too large to be easily measured. Z'L.

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