Kathleen Shea Abrams

December 28, 1941April 13, 2019

Abrams, Kathleen Shea, 77, of Tallahassee, passed away on April 13, 2019. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey Abrams. She is survived by her sisters, Carolyn and Nan, and many close friends.

Kathy was a world traveler, an adventurer, an activist, a bird watcher, an environmental advocate, and a loving friend to so many.

Kathy worked for the Florida Department of Education as the statewide Director of Environmental Education, retiring in 2000. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

A graveside service will be Monday, April 15, 2019 at 2:00 PM at Culley's MeadowWood Memorial Park, 700 Timberlane Rd., Tallahassee, FL 32312.

Culley's MeadowWood Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.


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Kathleen Shea Abrams

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Erica Meyer Rauzin

April 15, 2019

When Kathy and Harvey moved to Tallahassee, it left a hole in our lives in Miami and we missed them so much. She was a person of such warmth and lively intellect, and she knew so much. In a note to a friend here, I remembered that being outdoors with her for even a few minutes was an enlightening and illuminating experience and a big lesson in the power of observation. She knew the names and true nature of so many plants and birds, and shared her knowledge and her joy in the natural world so generously.

Colleen Castille

April 14, 2019

To the Family of Kathy,
I know losing Kathy is painful for you and has brought tears to your eyes and mine as well. I am sure you know that Kathy's life has had an incredibly lasting impact on many people. My first introduction to Kathy was in the FLDOE. She was the administrator for the environmental educators group to which I had been appointed. We were under siege from a hostile legislature and squeaked through with funding by the end of the session.
She helped guide me on this board in a powerful but quiet way she had about her. I am grateful for her help and grateful that through our friendship and working relationship we were able to provide well-trained teachers whose passion for understanding and protecting the environment was supported. Her legacy will live on among many teachers and students and students who eventually became the teacher.

Love, Colleen Castille (who eventually became Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection and kept the environmental education element of our department strong).