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Marvin Abraham

December 8, 1930 — November 30, 2017

Marvin Meyer Abraham passed away peacefully on November 30, 2017.

He was born in Harlem December 8, 1930, to Esther (Matza) and Raymond Abraham, immigrants from Greece. He grew up in the Bronx with his two older brothers, Samuel and Albert, and attended City College of New York, graduating with a B.S. in physics in 1953.

In 1958, he achieved a Ph.D in physics from the University of California/Berkeley. He married Reeva Swidler in Chicago and departed for two years in England where he had a Fulbright Scholarship at Oxford.

In 1963, after a brief appointment in Bariloche, Argentina,Marvin accepted a job at ORNL in the Solid State Division. As a researcher at ORNL, Dr. Abraham investigated electron spins of transuranic elements using nuclear magnetic resonance. He greatly enjoyed his work and had great collaborators during his tenure at the lab until his retirement in 1994.

Marvin originally thought his time in Tennessee would be brief but Oak Ridge grew to be his home. He enjoyed sports and outdoor activities in many forms, including handball, bowling, biking and hiking.

Marvin enjoyed a long and happy retirement, travelling with Reeva all over the world, collecting books, making bagels, and watching sports (the NY and SF Giants as well as the Lady Vols).

His legacy lives on through his children and grandchildren and the many people he taught to make bagels. He is preceded in death by his parents, Esther and Raymond Abraham, and his brothers Samuel and Albert. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Reeva (Swidler) Abraham, his sons Seth (Regina) Abraham and David (Cat Wilt) Abraham, and his daughter Naomi (David) Moon, and grandchildren Rebecca and Jacob Abraham, Zoe Abraham, and Emma and Allison Moon.

"People liked his bagels."

The family asks that any donations be made to the Oak Ridge Playhouse (P.O. Box 5705) or the Jewish Congregation of Oak Ridge (P.O. Box 5434).

Services will be 1:00 Friday December 1, 2017 at Martin Oak Ridge Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Beth El Cemetery

Online messages may be left for the family at . Services entrusted to Martin oak Ridge Funeral Home 865-483-4341

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