Clarence Abrams, X-ray technician

August 12, 1993|By Staff Report

Clarence D. Abrams, a former X-ray technician and a painter of portraits and street scenes, died Sunday of cancer at his home on Marble Hall Road in Baltimore.

Mr. Abrams, who was 70, was chief X-ray technician at Baltimore City Hospitals, now Francis Scott Key Medical Center, where he worked for 25 years until 1982.

He later worked at the Maryland House of Correction in Jessup. Most recently, he worked part time at Liberty Medical Center in Baltimore for about six years.

He began his career as a technician at the old Provident Hospital, now Liberty Medical Center.

He studied painting at the Maryland Institute and had one-man shows at Morgan State University and Paul Laurence Dunbar High School. His paintings were also exhibited at AFRAM festivals.

In addition to the portraits and street scenes that were his specialties, he did three religious paintings that were hung in St. James Episcopal Church in West Baltimore.

A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., he was a graduate of Boys' High School there and of a school for X-ray technicians in New York City.

After coming here, he attended Baltimore City Community College and Morgan.

He served in the Army during World War II and later as an officer in the New York National Guard. He was a Civil Defense volunteer in Baltimore in the 1950s.

A memorial service for Mr. Abrams was to be conducted at noon today at St. James Episcopal Church, Lafayette and Arlington avenues.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, the former Leona Carter; two sons, Richard K. and Ronald C. Abrams, both of Baltimore; and two granddaughters.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the St. James Restoration Fund.

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