Obituaries | Mar. 28, 2019


Rona Abramson

Dr. Rona Abramson, of Bethesda, died on March 22, 2019. She was 61.

She was a noted, honored and dedicated educator, humanitarian and philanthropist. The International Trustee of the Women’s Wing of the Transcendental Meditation (TM) Movement, Rona offered practical tools, wisdom and support to millions of vulnerable women and children countries worldwide, including Canada, South Africa, Uganda, Lebanon and Italy. Her pragmatic approach and commitment to her work led to the establishment of community-wide consciousness-based teaching centers, universities and economic initiatives for women and girls.

Rona’s unbounded energy and tireless focus never waned for alleviating the suffering of women and children. Her mentorship and ability to engage and guide those that sought personal transformation including world leaders set her apart and she was often relied on to provide her project management expertise to initiatives focused on education, women’s empowerment and maternal health programs for nurses and midwives.

A founding member of the board of directors of the David Lynch Foundation, Rona and her beloved husband, Jeffrey, recently co-founded the Abramson Center for Peace as a division of the DLF, dedicated to preventing conflict and violence and fostering harmony and peace in war-torn regions. She has served on numerous advisory boards including Access Circles, Aspen Brain Institute and the Global Wellness Institute. Rona received a doctorate of World Peace from Maharishi European Research
University and a doctorate of Supreme Political Science from Maharishi University of World Peace.

She is survived by her husband and best friend, Jeffrey Abramson; her parents, Brenda and Abe Sluser; siblings
Laurie (Renee) Sluser and Marlene (Brian) Goldberg; extended family Anne-Marie and Mitchell Garber, Donna and Morrie Liquornik; along with a large family, nephews and nieces. She will also be remembered by the many women
and children whose lives she has forever improved.

William Adler

William Adler died on March 20, 2019. He was 93.

Adler was the devoted husband of 67 years to the late Diana Adler; loving father of Mitchell (Nancy) Adler, Joel Adler and Fern (Larry) Bensignor; dear brother of the late Jewel Gutman; loving grandfather of Jeremy (Bridget) Adler, Warren (Jennifer) Adler, Michelle and Eli Bensignor, and Joshua and Nathan Adler; and cherished great-grandfather of Pierce, Gavin and Cora Adler.

Donations may be made to Jewish Social Services Agency ( or to Ingleside at King Farm Employee Appreciation Fund ( Services entrusted to Sagel Bloomfield Danzansky Goldberg Funeral Care.

Mark Barren

Dr. Mark Victor Barren, of Potomac, died on March 19, 2019. Mark was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. He was affectionately known as “Papa.”

Mark was born on Jan. 7, 1943, in Guildford Surrey, England, to Herbert and Joan Barren. In 1954 his family came to the U.S. and settled in Miami, Florida. After attending Miami Norland High School and the University of Florida, he graduated from the University of Maryland Dental School in 1968 where he was president of the student body. He was drafted by the U.S. Army and spent two years in Vietnam where he was awarded a Bronze Star. After military service, he received his master’s in pediatric dentistry from Boston University and opened his practice in Gaithersburg, Maryland. He retired in 2013.

Mark is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Estelle Silver Barren, and his brother-in-law Steven Silver. He is survived by his devoted daughters, Allison (Andrew) Weintraub, Sarah Barren and Jennifer Barren (Scott Gordon), and three adoring grandchildren, Zakary, Drew and Dylan Weintraub, his sister Joanna (Jim) Hayes, brother-in-laws Jeffrey (Peggy) Silver and Barry (Jackie Parker) Silver as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Mark will be remembered for his sharp mind, sense of humor and love of Harley Davidsons, cars, tennis and of his
grandchildren, of whom he was amazingly proud.

Contributions may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research or Sibley Memorial Hospital Foundation. Services entrusted to Sagel Bloomfield Danzansky Goldberg Funeral Care.

Daniel Aaron Nath

Daniel Nath, of Phoenix and Potomac, died on March 21, 2019. He was the cherished son of Robert Nath and Judith Nath; loving brother of Jennifer Nath Doc-Habany (Yehonatan) and Cheryl Nath (Fiance Travis); dear grandson of June Sussman, the late Jules Sussman and the late Claire and Jack Nath; the beloved nephew of many aunts and uncles; and adored uncle of Talia and David.

Contributions may be made to the charity of choice. Services entrusted to Sagel Bloomfield Danzansky Goldberg Funeral Care.

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