Robert Abarbanel

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Robert Abarbanel
Robert Abarbanel


Robert Abarbanel


Robert Abarbanel


Yes! Attending Reunion
Residing In: Seattle, WA USA
Spouse/Partner: Mary Beth Abarbanel
Occupation: Scientist, Physician
Children: Scott, born 1978
Kathryn born 1984
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Where have I been?

  • BHHS until 1967

  • CalTech in Pasadena, CA until 1971

  • Jet Propulsion labs for a year since I didn't get into Med School

  • UW Med School for 4 years in Ann Arbor, MI including 1 year in Boston, MA working at Mass General doing medical computing

  • Internship at Children's Hospital in Oakland, CA until 1977 living in Berkeley

  • Grad School at UCSF and Emergency Room Pediatrics for years until 1985; Berkeley and Palo Alto

  • Intelligenetics, Palo Alto, CA,until 1984

  • IntelliCorp, Mountain View, CA, until 1988

  • Apple, Cupertino, CA,until 1990

  • Long time at Boeing in Seattle, WA, until 2001, including the last 12 months in Paris

  • Genset, in Paris until late 2002.
    Loved living in Paris for 3 years!

  • Back to Seattle, WA to work for IDX (a medical records company) on automating health care delivery protocols.
    They were bought by GE Healthcare in 2006. See my work at SAGE Project

  • Chicago, IL, working for Hospira, and back to Seattle
    working for Hospira, from home.

  • Bainbridge Island, WA, started with a New Zealand company, Right Hemisphere doing 3D modeling development,
    mostly innovative high performance visulization. They were acquired by SAP, a German company in 2011.

  • Seattle, WA, retired, sort of. Traveled in Europe for a month and puttered around for 3 months until Jan 2016.
    Then started some consulting work and turtoring which I am still doing. Also acting as CEO for my own company.

I practiced Pediatrics for almost 7 years, mostly in ERs.
At heart I am a geek - loving computers, doing programming, hey, not all that different from at BHHS.
I was a medical informatician for many years. Doing medical computing and managing such projects.

I have two kids: Kate, a designer and contractor, attending the Harvard Graduate School of Design,
and Scott, an electrician.
Kate graduated in Dance from Hollins University in Roanoke, VA, after attending the Rhode Island School of Design.
Scott has an AA from Bellevue College and most of a BS from UW.

My wife, Mary beth, and I met at National (Reagan) Airport in November 1971
when I was interviewing for Med School. We have been together over 45 years.

MB is an advanced practice, advice nurse for Kaiser Permanente in Seattle, working from home.

School Story:

Stories -- not sure my memory is all that solid. Things in BH before the 70s....

I do remmeber rolling in the aisles in Mr. Cohen's English class when Julie Kavner was cracking jokes. I think she did that every day.

I remember the Mikado in 8th grade. I was a stage hand and loved that role. Never did that again, but wished I could in high school.

I remember PERSIA (political economic religious social intellectual aesthetic) analysis in my first BHHS summer school class for World History. Who was that teacher?

I remember the big green computing machine (Bendix G15) in the math room just past the library near the cafeteria. We thought we were so cool putting it out in the hallway having it beep and belch punch paper tapes. That defined my future, I'd say. I am still doing that with computers.

Junior year, 1966-67, I mostly played bridge with a bunch of Seniors. Have not played since then. Oh, and bowled on a team with Eddie Parker every Saturday. I think I flunked the US History final. Ira Moskatel and I did a fantastic multi-media piece on John Brown.

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Bob and Mary Beth, 1974.
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