Martin Neil Abelson, 89, died March 31, 2018. Mr. Abelson was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Abraham “Artie” and Isabelle (Weiss) Abelson. He graduated from New York University, Howard University and Columbia University and later received his Diplomate in Orthodontia from the American Board of Orthodontics. He was a captain in the U.S. Air Force, serving during the Korean War. He and Roberta “Bobbi” Bernhardt were married on Aug. 4, 1963. He opened an orthodontics practice in Harrison, New York, and also worked at his father’s practice in Brooklyn. Dr. Abelson retired from private practice in 1993, and he and Bobbi relocated to Florida, also spending time at their second home in Oro Valley. He was one of the editors of the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, an internationally distributed journal, authoring the computer column called Orthobites, used to teach orthodontists how to use computers in their practices. He had a lifelong interest in photography, winning many photography awards, and became the acknowledged expert in color management in printing of photographs.
Survivors include his wife, Bobbi; daughters, Beth Gentle of North Arlington, New Jersey, and her fiancé, Richard Salvatore, and Shari Remland of Delray Beach, Florida; sister, Pearl Bookstein of New York City; five grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Services were held in Ridgewood, New York Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association at www.lung.org. Arrangements were made by Abbey Funeral Chapel.