Remembering Abe Tannenbaum


"Abe's introductory lecture on the historical perspectives on giftedness was what hooked me into the field -  still the most brilliant lecture I've ever heard. True, a terrible loss to the field, but what a dazzling legacy. I will forever be grateful for time spent with him."
-- Felice Kaufman

"Every time I spoke with Abe, I was impressed by his knowledge, compassion, and wisdom. He was truly a mensch, and he will be greatly missed. When I heard his passing, I thought of the African saying that "When an old man dies, a library burns to the ground," and that is certainly the case here." --Jim Webb

"Abe left us a wonderful legacy in our professional lives, and in our personal lives and aspirations. He was one of a kind."
--Nancy Robinson

"Abe was  the conscience and soul of gifted education. The field is better because of him. A great loss for all of us."
--Nicholas Colangelo

NAGC mourns the death of a giant in the field of gifted education who passed away on June 30 at the age of 90. Dr. Abraham Tannenbaum was Professor Emeritus of Education and Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University, NY, where he taught for more than 20 years. He earned his bachelor’s degree in English literature from Brooklyn College, a master’s degree in guidance and educational administration from Columbia University, and a doctoral degree in social and educational psychology, also from Columbia University. Early in his professional life he was a public school teacher in Brooklyn, NY. He led numerous research projects concerning gifted and talented students and served as a consultant to many programs, including the influential Head Start Program. NAGC presented him with the Ann Isaacs Founder’s Memorial Award in 2010 and the Distinguished Scholar Award in 1985.

View In Memoriam statement published by Columbia University.