Henry Abraham, longtime University of Virginia professor, dead at 98

Henry J. Abraham, a longtime UVA professor, has died. He published many articles and books...
Henry J. Abraham, a longtime UVA professor, has died. He published many articles and books during his time as a scholar of the judiciary system.(WVIR)
Updated: Feb. 27, 2020 at 6:15 PM EST
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Henry Abraham, a professor at University of Virginia for 27 years and an expert on the court system, has died at 98.

Abraham was born in Germany in 1921, and immigrated to the U.S. in 1937 to avoid Nazi persecution. After serving in the Army, he became a professor of political science, first at the University of Pennsylvania and later, in 1972, at UVA.

“I think he dedicated himself to his scholarship," UVA Political Science Professor James Todd, a student of Abraham, said. "He wrote hundreds of articles, 13 books, most of them in many editions. He was a very influential scholar in that regard. So, so his being here gave prestige to the university all through his career.”

Abraham retired from UVA in 1997, but continued to teach as part of the university’s Osher Lifetime Learning Institute.

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