Dr. Irwin M. Abrams

02/24/1914 - 12/16/2010

Inducted 2007


Dr. Irwin M. Abrams organized the Department of History at Antioch College and taught there for over three decades. He was appointed Distinguished University Professor Emeritus at Antioch University, and was a world authority on the Nobel Peace Prize. His interest in the history of peace began with his doctoral dissertation at Harvard University on the 19th century peace movement, and continued during his tenure with the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) during World War II work, for which AFSC shared the 1947 Nobel Peace Prize. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by the College in 1997 for his work. He was also recognized by the Peace History Society and the Peace History commission of the International Peace Research Association. Dr. Abrams was one of the people who successfully nominated President Jimmy Carter for the Nobel Prize. He had written extensively on the Nobel Prize and other peace issues, completing a scholarly work in 2005 at the age of 91. He was also involved in mentoring the new Dayton International Peace Museum.