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Isaac Alcabes, UB professor of social work ; May 12, 1929 -- Jan. 24, 2011

Isaac Alcabes, Phd., associate professor of social work for the University at Buffalo, died Monday in the Bronx. He was 81.

A Buffalo-area resident, Dr. Alcabes was a New York City native and graduated from Stuyvesant High School. He earned a bachelor of science degree in social work from City College of New York and his doctorate of education from Columbia University.

An Army veteran, Dr. Alcabes was stationed at Walter Reed Army Hospital, Washington, D.C., where he worked as a social worker during the Korean War.

Known to his friends as "Ike," Dr. Alcabes moved to Buffalo in 1963 and was a longtime resident of Amherst, until 2008. He was married to the former Nancy Kramer from 1957 until her death in 1985. He married the former Judith Goldberg in 1988. She died in 2008.

Dr. Alcabes was an active volunteer in the local Jewish community and served on the boards of Jewish organizations, including Hillel of Buffalo. He also was an active member of the National Association of Social Workers.

Survivors include a son, Harvey; two daughters, Shoshana Isenberg and Ruth; a brother, Joseph; and a sister, Rae Mazliah.


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