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Obituary: Donald J. Abraham

by Linda Wang
April 24, 2021 | A version of this story appeared in Volume 99, Issue 15


Photo of Donald J. Abraham.
Credit: Courtesy of William D. Abraham
Donald J. Abraham

Donald J. Abraham, 84, died March 29 in Windermere, Florida.

“Dr. Abraham was full of passion and love of researching and teaching drug discovery and design with human hemoglobin. His research focused on sickle cell anemia, cardiovascular disease, stroke, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and radiation oncology. Equal to his professional passion for research and teaching was his big heart in helping people. He loved his family and took us everywhere he went. He also always took extra time to help anyone, friend or stranger, regardless of their situation, be it increasing faith in God, financial issues, or their golf swing. His family loves him immensely and is grateful for his love and leadership.”—William D. Abraham, son

Most recent title: Editor in chief, Burger’s Medicinal Chemistry, Drug Discovery and Development, 8th edition

Education: BS, chemistry, Pennsylvania State University, 1957; MS, organic chemistry, Marshall University, 1959; PhD, organic chemistry, Purdue University, 1963

Survivors: Wife, Nancy; sons, Jeffrey, Thomas, and William; seven grandchildren

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