Abraham Blustein, 87, a watchmaker and jeweler who became an aritst and sculptor in his later years, died of cardiopulmonaryt arrest Wednesday at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring.
Mr. Blustein was a native of Poland and came to this country in 1913. He served in the Army in World War I. He moved to Washington in the early 1920s, worked as a watchmaker and then established his own jewelry business. He sold the firm in the 1950s.
Much of his art work took as its theme Jewish life as Mr. Blustein knew it in Poland. He did oil paintings of rabbis, market days in villages and worshipers going to synagogue. A bust he did of Martin Buber, the writer-philosopher, won a 1959 award at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and was donated by Mr. Blustein to the state of Israel.
Mr. Blustein was a 33rd degree Mason. He had been a member of Takoma Lodge No. 29 in Washington and was a past venerable master of Kadosh of the Albert Pike Consistory of the Scottish Rite.
He had been a resident of the Hebrew Home of Washington since 1971. His wife Helen R., died in 1979. His son, Milton J., died in 1970.
Mr. Blustein's survivors include three grandchildren.