Abba Tor passed away , quickly and peacefully, on Feb 11 2017, in Hastings on Hudson NY. He was 93 years old.
Abba was born in Warsaw on Nov 1 1923. His father was a Zionist, who, in 1933 arrived in Palestine with his father. Abba and his mother followed in 1934. Abba graduated from the Technion, in Haifa, one of a graduating class of ten! with a degree in civil engineering. While at the Technion, he was also active in the Hagana, the Israeli underground, which later became the IDF. He met Nomi, his beloved wife, at the Technion, where she was studying architecture. They were married while she was still a student. Abba went on to serve in the IDF, in Operations, where he worked with all the key players during the War of Independence and afterwards.
The IDF sent Abba to the States in 1952, to work for the Bureau of Standards, at which time he also took his Masters from Columbia Engineering. Shuli, his daughter, was born in the States. The young family returned to Israel in 1953. Abba left the military in 1955/6 to start his own engineering practice. He ended up back in NYC, quite by accident, not too long after. And, again, quite by accident, he ended up at Amman and Whitney, one of America's premier engineering firms at the time. There, he designed what was then known as the TWA Terminal at Kennedy Airport as well as working on other projects with the architect Eero Saarinen. In his own practice, both in New Haven and NYC, he worked with many of the fine architects of his generation, including Louis Kahn, on the latter's Yale Center for British Arts as well as the Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island. Abba also taught at Columbia University School of Architecture for many years, as well as travelled around the country for doing peer reviews for the Connecticut Society of Engineering.
Abba lived in Hastings on Hudson, with his family, since 1967. He is predeceased by his wife, Nomi and by his son, Daniel and his nephew Jonathan Lukin. He is survived by his daughter, Shuli Tor, his sister Judith Lukin and brother in Law Marvin Lukin of Youngstown, OH , his nephew and niece, Joshua and Ann Lukin of Philadelphia, his cousin Alex of Tel Aviv Israel, and many loving friends, old and new, in this country and around the world.
A private burial will be held at Mt Hope Cemetery On Tuesday , Feb 14 at 11:30. A Memorial will be held at Temple Beth Shalom, in Hastings on Hudson, the following Sunday, Feb 19, at 11:00.