Obituary: Bob Abraham, creator of Freeman Reports


Obituary: Bob Abraham, creator of Freeman Reports

Jo Maitland, Senior News Director
Robert C. Abraham, founder and author of Freeman Reports, a tape storage market research and analyst service, died June 18 after an abrupt and painful battle with cancer. He was 67.

"Bob was a quiet, soft-spoken guy with a tremendous understanding of the tape industry," said Diane McAdam, analyst with storage consultancy GlassHouse Technologies Inc. "This is the loss of a great person and a great service."

Freeman Reports was a spin-off from Freeman Associates Inc., a data storage consultancy founded by Raymond Freeman in 1977. Abraham joined Raymond Freeman in the mid-80s as a vice president and in 1999 it decided to spin out the tape research arm as a separate entity run by Abraham.

"Every manufacturer in the business ordered his reports," said Freeman. "He lived up to the high standards we created."

Prior to Freeman Associates, Abraham held management positions in marketing, strategic planning and product planning for Wangtek, Tandon Corp. and Pertec Corp.. He held engineering design and management positions at Pertec, Burroughs Corp. and Conrac Corp. He was granted two patents for his work as a designer.

Abraham graduated from the University of California with a degree in electrical engineering and pursued various post-graduate studies in computer sciences and marketing.

In his spare time he was an avid water-skier and downhill skier, and enjoyed gardening and landscaping.

He is survived by his wife, Joanna Abraham, of Ojai, Calif., and his

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children Steve Abraham and Bonnie Cobb.

According to Freeman, the reports business will not survive Abraham's loss. "The business was really Bob's," he said.

Previous articles on Abraham's tape reports:

Analyst report: Tape libraries slipped in 2006

New report could spell trouble for Quantum

Recent articles quoting Abraham:

Sony resellers stick with AIT tape

IBM, Sun tout native tape encryption

Quantum buys ADIC for $770M

Imation readies disk inside tape

Additional reporting by Beth Pariseau, News writer.