Sylvia Abraham, 84, an executive assistant and office manager at Economics Associates Inc. and other businesses from the 1950s to the 1980s, died of lymphoma Oct. 26 at Suburban Hospital. She lived in Bethesda.
She received her real estate license in the late 1980s and spent a few years at Coldwell Banker in Bethesda.
Mrs. Abraham was born in New York City and worked there in the 1930s as a secretary at Standard Oil. She also performed in stage shows and on the radio before moving to Washington in the late 1930s.
She graduated in the early 1930s from St. John's University with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 1987, she received a master's degree in counseling psychology from Bowie State University.
She was a reporter for two Glen Burnie newspapers in the late 1940s and early 1950s and also started a town business directory.
In the 1950s, she ran a Jewish Sunday school in her home and later was a member of Congregation Beth El of Montgomery County in Bethesda.
She volunteered in recent years at the Potomac Foundation for Mental Health and the Montgomery County Crisis Center.
Her hobbies included listening to opera and acting in amateur theatrical productions locally and in New York.
Her husband of 60 years, Alexander Abraham, died in 1998.
Survivors include a daughter, Barbara Hadley of Washington; a son, David Abraham of Merrillville, Ind.; a brother; six grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.