Posted on Wednesday, 13th September 2017 | Newton
Honorable Herbert Abrams,retired Justice of the Superior Court of Massachusetts, died peacefully at his home in Brookline on September 9, 2017. Beloved husband of Joan Miller Abrams, loving father of Richard Bruce Miller Abrams and adored grandfather of Michael Ian Miller Abrams. Son of the late Hyman and Leah Abrams and brother of the late Dr. Jerome Abrams, all of Plainfield, NJ. Judge Abrams received his undergraduate degree from The University of Virginia, his JD from Rutgers Law School and his LLM from Northeastern University School of Law. Prior to his appointment to the Superior Court bench in 1979, Judge Abrams was a trial attorney for 27 years. During this period he served as an Assistant District Attorney of Norfolk County, and as Special Assistant Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for five consecutive Attorney Generals, both Democrat and Republican. He was also the author of the Massachusetts Lawyers Diary and Manual (better known as “The Red Book”). Judge Abrams was a Selectman in the Town of Brookline from 1970-1976. Long active in civic and charitable endeavors, he served as President of the Jewish Vocational Service and the Boston Chapter of The American Jewish Historical Society. Private memorial services were held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Richard Bruce Miller Endowment Fund at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, 330 Brookline Ave., Boston, MA 02215 or to a charity of your choice.