A be (1915-1984) was a dour, rather silent type, for whom the sunshine occasionally broke through. He was a man totally dedicated to his discipline of Assyriology. Abe had been a student of the famous archaeologist and historian of the ancient Near East: Johns Hopkins Professor William F. Albright (1891-1971), an American Orientalist and Biblical scholar. In 1948, Abe, who was then only a research assistant, was off ered the chair of Assyriology at Hopkins, but he preferred to come to Brown to work together with and alongside Neugebauer.