Thomas Nelson Abrams died of heart failure on September 3, 2021 in Mission Viejo, California. He is survived by his father.
Tom, the only child of Herbert Abrams and Marilyn Thrasher Abrams, was born on August 10, 1964 in Fort Worth, Texas. In his early years he grew up in various places where his father, an aerospace engineer, was employed. In 1971 the family moved to Mission Viejo and Tom started the 1st grade at O’Neill Elementary School.
In 1973 his father was sent to France to work on the Concorde SST project. Tom was enrolled at the American School of Paris where he became fluent in the French language. Tom had started piano lessons when only 5 years old and continued his lessons in Paris. On returning to the states, he completed his education at O’Neill and went on to graduate from Mission Viejo High School. He began his advance studies at Saddleback College and then completed 4 years of study at California State University Fullerton, graduating with a degree in Music and a minor in Psychology. During his college years he played solo piano with both school’s orchestras and appeared in numerous recitals sponsored by his teacher, Dr. M’Lou Dietzer. After college he taught piano lessons until he had to retire due to his health issues. He never lost interest in music which he shared with many friends. He will be remembered as a kind and gentle soul.
A Celebration of Life for family and friends will be held at a later date.