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In Memoriam: Howard B. Abrams

Tuesday, January 28, 2020   (8 Comments)
Posted by: The Copyright Society
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It is with sadness that we share that fellow Copyright Society member Howard Abrams passed away on January 27th, 2020 at the age of 79. Howard served on the Editorial Board for the Journal of the Copyright Society of the USA for many years, and as a former Trustee and active member, helped establish the Society's Endowment Fund.

Funeral Information: 
Thursday, January 30, 2020 at 11am
The Dorfman Chapel
30440 W Twelve Mile Road
Farmington Hills, MI 48334
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The Copyright Society sends our deepest condolences to Nina Dodge Abrams and Howard's family and friends. If you would like to share a memory of Howard or condolence message, we would welcome them below.


William H. Frankel says...
Posted Sunday, February 16, 2020
I am saddened to learn of Howard's passing, and extend my sincere condolences to Nina and the family. I got to know Howard at CSUSA meetings, and as we planned events for the Midwest Chapter. Besides being a fixture and a friend of the Copyright Society, Howard was one of the kindest, most sincere, engaging and generous persons I have had the pleasure and good fortune to know. I always appreciated his academic curiosity, and enjoyed learning with him and from him. He will be missed. Bill Frankel
E. Leonard Rubin says...
Posted Thursday, January 30, 2020
Howard was a dear friend as well as a source of interesting expertise, and our discussions and friendship over the past many years will be cherished by both Audrey and me. Howard will be sorely missed.
Stanley H. Cohen says...
Posted Thursday, January 30, 2020
My wife, Ruth, and I have attended all but a handful of annual meetings of the Copyright Society since I joined in 1985. During the annual meetings since then, we have spent a significant amount of time with Howard and Nina, and got to know them well. Howard will be deeply missed. Our sincere condolences are extended to Nina and the Abrams family. Stanley Cohen
Eric Schwartz says...
Posted Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Howard was a great and loyal friend to the Copyright Society, ever-present at Annual and Mid-Winter meetings. His very generous decision to start an endowment for the Society was a welcome offer to the Board, but not a complete surprise given his nature, and compassion for his colleagues. He will be missed, and I too feel privileged to have known him, shared in his knowledge of the law (and music), and his kindness. My sincerest condolences to Nina and to his entire family.
Nancy E. Wolff says...
Posted Tuesday, January 28, 2020
I am so saddened to learn of the passing of Howard. He was so deeply committed to the Society. I am not sure he ever missed an annual meeting. During my tenure as President he started an endowment with a generous donation to ensure that the Society thrived well into the future. I will miss seeing him and Nina and am glad I got to know him through the years. His steadfast contributions to the Society will be greatly missed.
Jim Harris, Nashville, TN says...
Posted Tuesday, January 28, 2020
I am very sad to learn that Howard Abrams has died. I always enjoyed his company at the annual meetings, and I believe also at a semi-annual meeting. His analysis was always informative and very useful to my practice.
Casey Chisick says...
Posted Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Howard was as deeply committed to the study of copyright law, and to the mission of the Copyright Society, as anyone I’ve ever known. He was also a kind and generous person who made an impression on everyone he met. I feel privileged to have known him and to have had the chance to work with him on the 2018 Annual Meeting in Toronto. He will be sadly missed. Casey Chisick
Jeffrey E. Jacobson says...
Posted Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Howard: It was an honor to serve on the Editorial Board of the CSUSA Journal with you for the last several decades. It has been a privilege for you to be my friend and mentor. You will be missed by the Society, bymy family & firm. Jeffrey (Jeffrey E Jacobson) the Jacobson Firm PC

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