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Title Memoriam: Joan Roberta Abel (1943 - 2015) Architect, Preservationist, Environmentalist.
Object Name Obituary
Catalog Number 2015.002.0006
Collection Family & Friends Memorabilia Collection
Credit Museum Collections.
Scope & Content Memoriam: Joan Roberta Abel (1943 - 2015) Architect, Preservationist, Environmentalist.

Notice, an illustrated obituary with biographical information, also served as a death notice announcing a memorial service on June 6, 2015, Hoboken, N.J. This copy was present at that service at 107 Monroe St., Hoboken.

Single heavyweight leaf 8-1/2" x 11" high, printed two sides; six color photos. See notes for full text.
This copy collected by Valerie D'Antonio.
obituary / announcement / celebration / memorial / biography /
Notes Archives 2015.002.0006

Joan Roberta Abel
(1943 - 2015) Architect, Preservationist, Environmentalist & Loving Mother

Joan Roberta Abel of 107 Monroe Street, Hoboken, New Jersey, was born July 11, 1943 at Margaret Hague Maternity Ward in Jersey City, the eldest of four children born to John Robert Abel and Cecilia Estelle Abel. Joan grew up in Nutley, New Jersey. Pursuing her interest in design, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture in 1981 from Pratt Institute, and later studied architecture under Glenn Murcutt at his International Master Class in Sydney, Australia. In 2002 she received her Masters in Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.

Art lover and collector, Joan made Hoboken, New Jersey, her home in 1980. A passionate historic preservationist, she assisted those working to restore Hoboken's Public Library and chaired the Hoboken Historic Preservation Commission. Her concern for the built environment caused her in 2010 to create and actively promote a plan to alleviate flooding in Hoboken. Parts of that plan are reflected in Rebuild by Design, a study done in response to the devastating flooding caused by Hurricane Sandy.

Joan practiced architecture at Applied Housing and Lindemon Winkelman Architects; and worked as a planner for Columbia Presbyterian, and as an archivist for Liberty State Park. While living in Annapolis, Maryland she served on its Historic Preservation Commission, and contributed extensively to the restoration of the Charles Carroll House.

Joan was a bicyclist throughout her adult life for both fun and transportation and as her health declined could often be seen about town on her electric scooter.

Ms. Abel died Tuesday, May 26, 2015 surrounded by family at her winter home in West Palm Beach, Florida, as a result of a chronic lung condition compounded by lung cancer.

A celebration of Joan's life is to be held at her home Saturday, June 6 beginning at noon. If so inclined, please make a donation to Pratt Institute at or send a check to the Institute at 200 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205. Kindly designate your donation specifically to "Fund for Pratt - Architecture" in memory of Joan Abel.

Survived by her second husband, James Davis Vance of Hoboken, two children from her first marriage, Denise Joan Fahmie of Boston, Massachusetts, and Steven Michael Fahmie of Brooklyn, New York, and two sisters, Judith Ann Abel and Joyce Ruth Abel. Preceded in death by her parents, her firstborn, Thomas Carl Fahmie, Jr. and her brother John Robert Abel, Jr.
People Abel, Joan
Vance, James
Date 2015
Year Range from 2015
Year Range to 2015
Search Terms 107 Monroe St.
Caption front
Imagefile 350\20150020006.TIF
Classification Death
Social & Personal Activity