UN ‘ambassador’ Bob Abramson dies at age 89
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Robert “Bob” Abramson, shown with his wife, Barbara, died on Dec. 31, 2012 from heart disease. Photo by Dave Williams
January 18, 2013
The United Nations lost one of its best ambassadors to nationwide communities when Robert “Bob” Abramson of Cotati died Dec. 31, 2012. The cause was heart disease and Abramson was 89.

Every year when United Nations Week was on the calendar, Bob Abramson brought a folded UN flag and a resolution to city council meetings in both Rohnert Park and Cotati halls to run up the flagpole commemorating the occasion.

He was a 15-year member of the United Nations Association of Sonoma County, serving as president several times and as membership chairman.

He also was a consultant with the World Bank with several overseas assignments, including six years in Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Born in San Francisco, he worked for a while in Bay Area shipyards after graduating from Commerce High School. In 1943, he volunteered for the U.S. Army Air Corps and qualified for bomber pilot training and then flew nearly 30 missions in South Pacific combat zones. After the Japanese surrender in August 1945, he was decommissioned and immediately invited his fiancé, Barbara Linnerson, of Wichita, Kansas, to join him. They were married three days after she arrived.

Abramson then enrolled at UC Berkeley and stayed long enough to earn both a bachelor and master’s degrees in philosophy and social welfare. He worked as a parole officer and then landed an assignment with a program at the University of Southern California and U.S. Agency for International Development (AID) and was sent to Pakistan and nearby countries as a consultant. He also had posts in other foreign countries such as Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia.

He retired when he reached 65. Both Abramson, Barbara, and their son, Bruce, decided they wanted to live in a university town but not in a city. Cotati was their logical choice. He was also a member of World War II Pilots Association, Prostate Cancer Support Group, and Democratic Clubs of Santa Rosa and Petaluma.

In addition to his wife, Barbara, and son, Bruce, Abramson is survived by a daughter, Julie Morrison, brother Albert Abramson, sister Carol Jensen and four grandchildren.
Funeral services were private.