Honoring Robert ``Bob’’ Abramson Os Sonoma County, Californiaby Representative Mike Thompson
Posted on 2013-02-14
in the house of representatives
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Mr. THOMPSON of California. Mr. Speaker, I rise today along with my
colleague Congressman Jared Huffman to recognize and honor the life and
tremendous social contributions of my late friend, Mr. Robert ``Bob''
Abramson of Sonoma County, California.
Mr. Abramson was an exemplary and upstanding member of his community and a longtime resident of the Northern California region. After his extraordinary, storied career as a B-29 bomber pilot during WWII, flying as many as 30 missions over the Pacific, he would be decommissioned from the military in 1945.
He would go on to graduate from University of California, Berkeley with a Masters in Philosophy and Social Welfare. He then worked as a parole officer in Oakland before taking a job at the University of Southern California through which he was stationed in Pakistan for a program funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development. This led to larger diplomatic posts with the United Nations and the World Bank.
Mr. Abramson cared deeply for his community and the people in it. He was an open book and loved talking to new people, always looking to learn new things and always going into every conversation with an open mind. He was especially active with the World War II Pilots Association, the Prostate Cancer Support Group and the Democratic Clubs of Petaluma and Santa Rosa. He was liked by all who knew him in the community.
Mr. Abramson never lost his love for international public service. Despite retirement and an extremely active role in his local community, he accepted special consulting contracts in Maldives and Sri Lanka. He consistently represented the American people with grace and civility.
His family however, always came first. Mr. Abramson is survived by his wife Barbara, his son Bruce, his daughter Julie Morrison, his brother Albert, his sister Carol, and his four grandchildren.
Mr. Speaker, Robert Abramson served his country with distinction both as a member of the armed services and as a civilian. He was an active, vital member of his community and it is therefore appropriate that we celebrate and honor his life and committed service and extend our deepest condolences to his friends, family and community.