Former CBE professor William Abraham passes away

William (Bill) Abraham
William (Bill) Abraham

William (Bill) Abraham, a former Iowa State University Department of Chemical Engineering faculty member, passed away December 28 at the age of 84. He was a resident of Ames, Iowa at the time of his passing.

He graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, and earned a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University. He was an Iowa State chemical engineering professor from the early 1960s through the mid-1990s and was named Emeritus Professor in 1994. Bill and his family spent two years in the Philippines where he worked on a project to develop a chemical engineering program at the University of the Philippines. He also served for two years as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. After retiring from Iowa State he pursued a lifelong interest in legal issues and obtained a law degree from Drake University. He passed the Iowa Bar and volunteered with the Legal Aid Society of Story County.

A memorial service is planned for Saturday, January 28, 2017, 11:00 a.m., at Collegiate Presbyterian Church, 159 N. Sheldon Ave., Ames. The family will receive friends at a reception afterward. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Bill’s name to the Legal Aid Society of Story County, 937 Sixth Street, Suite 101, Nevada, IA 50201; or to the Northcrest Foundation, 1801-20th St., Ames, IA 50010.

A full obituary can be found here.

One thought on “Former CBE professor William Abraham passes away

  1. Nice summary, as far as it goes. It does not speak to his intellectual contributions to the CBE faculty and his students. Bill and his family spent two years in the Philippines, not five. More later.

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