Abraham Attrep

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Abraham Moses "Abe" Attrep

(Louisiana Tech University historian)

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Born February 12, 1933
Alexandria, Louisiana, USA
Died April 29, 2012
Homer, Claiborne Parish
Spouse Never married
Religion Episcopalian

Abraham Moses Attrep, known as Abe Attrep (February 12, 1933 – April 29, 2012), was an American historian affiliated for more than four decades with Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, Louisiana.

Attrep was one of six children born to Moses, Sr., and Nazha Attrep in Alexandria, Louisiana. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree summa cum laude from Southern Baptist-affiliated Louisiana College in Pineville, across the Red River from Alexandria; his Master of Arts from Tulane University in New Orleans, and his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia at Athens, Georgia. After a brief teaching assignment at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, he came to Louisiana Tech,[1] at which he remained a faulty member from 1962 to 2006. A long-time Episcopalian, Attrep was a scholar of the early history of Christianity. medieval history, and cultural and intellectual history.[2] He held the William Y. Thompson Endowed Professorship in History, named for the late history department chairman William Young Thompson (1922-2013).[3]

Attrep died in Homer in Claiborne Parish at the age of seventy-nine of complications from a fall. After an Episcopalian funeral, he was interred at Pines Memorial Gardens in Ruston. One of his surviving brothers, Moses Attrep, Jr.[1] (1939-2013), died a year later. Moses Attrep was a chemistry professor at East Texas Baptist University in Marshall in Harrison County and from 1985 to 2002 a scientist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, New Mexico.[4]

Attrep, who never married, was survived by two sisters, Sophie Attrep Nassif (1925-2015) of Alexandria,[5] and Georgia Attrep Karam of Kinder in Allen Parish. One of his sisters-in-law, Mary Attrep was also a sister-in-law of Attrep's Louisiana Tech colleague, B. H. Gilley, who died in 2017. He spent his last days in the home in Homer of his niece, Sophie's daughter Becky Nassif Lowe, and her husband, David.[1] Former Louisiana Tech history department chairman Stephen Webre said that Attrep "taught generations of students who continue to remember him with gratitude and affection."[2]

See also

Three other Louisiana Tech historians:


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Abraham Moses Attrep. Alexandria Town Talk on Findagrave.com (May 1, 2012). Retrieved on September 17, 2017.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Abraham M. Attrep. Zoominfo.com. Retrieved on September 17, 2017.
  3. Board of Regents Support Fund Endowed Faculty. Louisiana Tech University. Retrieved on September 17, 2017.
  4. Moses Attrep, Jr. Obituary. Los Alamos Daily Post. Retrieved on September 17, 2017.
  5. Sophie Attrep Nassif. Findagrave.com. Retrieved on September 17, 2017.