Richard K. Abrahams of Emerald Bay was born May 23,
1925, in New York City to Samuel K. Abrahams and Rebecca
Greenberg Abrahams. He passed away Aug. 1, 2011, in
A memorial service will be held at Emerald Bay
Community Church at a time and date to be announced.
Richard was a graduate of Harvard College and Columbia
After graduation from Columbia, he joined
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, where he
served as a staff attorney for 32 years, working
primarily on general corporate law and on commercial
construction contracts, including those for the Port
Authority's extensive construction projects.
were development of Kennedy airport, a tunnel beneath
the Hudson River, the Port Authority Bus Terminal and
its several expansions, and the original World Trade
Center. For many of those years, he was the attorney in
charge of the Contracts Division of the Law Department
of the Port Authority.
In retirement, he lived for 21 years in the small town
of Warren in rural northwest Connecticut and served
actively for most of that time on the Town Board of
Selectmen (Town Council). He also represented the town
on several regional agencies. Although he was admitted
to the Connecticut Bar, his legal work was mostly for
the town and for local non-profit organizations.
Richard loved music, books and travel, and particularly
loved to travel in Europe.
He was predeceased by his parents and his brother,
Norbert Abrahams. He is survived by his wife, Billie
Jean Cape of Emerald Bay, as well as by several cousins.
Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on August 4, 2011
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