From Allan Hurst, 12/4/19:
I am both sorry and upset to report the passing of DC Lambda Squares’ Abe Feldman.
While walking to a square dance in Washington DC on Monday evening 12/2/19, Abe was struck by a car. His injuries were quite severe and he passed away Tuesday evening, never regaining consciousness. Abe was a cornerstone of Lambda Squares and the IAGSDC community and will be greatly missed by many.
He was always among the first people to welcome me into a square or when I walked into any fly-in. Despite his being legally blind, somehow he managed to recognize me every time, and he was well known for providing wonderful gentle bear hugs.
The first Convention I attended after learning C1, I was feeling too intimidated to hit the dance floor, and as soon as Abe saw me and found out what I was thinking, he pulled me into a square with other experienced C1 dancers and made sure that I felt right at home. This was utterly typical of the sweet, kind, thoughtful man that Abe was.
Abe’s visual impairment didn’t stop him from being both an excellent dancer and caller. He attended GCA Caller Schools in 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2010, delighting and surprising each school's instructors and students, many of whom hadn't previously considered the possibility of a legally blind caller. He served on the board of the GCA as our Alternate Delegate to the IAGSDC. Abe received his 20 year IAGSDC Medallion in Palm Springs in 2017.
Abe was a fervent movie and television fan, supported many non-dancing organizations, such as attending concerts by the Gay Mens Chorus of Washington DC, volunteering at Food & Friends (helping provide meals for shut-ins), and served on the board of Beltway Bears.
Something he posted to Facebook for National Coming Out Day 2019 struck me as quite profound: “30 years ago at the age of 29 I came out as gay and claimed my life. I faced my demons and found them to be angels. My only regret is not doing it sooner.”