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Alan Abelson was a veteran financial journalist, and longtime writer of the influential Up and Down Wall Street column in Barron's Magazine.


Abelson, Alan was born on October 12, 1925 in New York City. Son of Harry Carl and Vivian (Finkelstein) Abelson.


Abelson obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and English from City College of New York and later received his master's degree from the University of Iowa in creative writing.


He was editor of Barron's from 1981 until 1992. Abelson's columns at Barron's often took a skeptical look at the investment favorites and fads of the day, and sometimes spawned controversy and even lawsuits. While working for Barron's, he was responsible for editing the Investment News & Views section and writing corporate and industry features.

From July 1982 - October 1990, Abelson frequently appeared on NBC-TV's News at Sunrise as a business commentator. Prior to working for Barron's, Abelson worked as a copy boy for the New York Journal- American. He eventually worked his way up to becoming a reporter and then onto the financial desk.

From 1952 to 1956, Abelson worked as the stock-market columnist for the paper. Abelson died of a heart attack at a New York City Hospital on May 9, 2013. He was 87.


Married Virginia Eloise Peterson, September 1, 1951. Children– Justin Adams, Reed Vivian.

Harry Carl Abelson

Vivian (Finkelstein) Abelson

Virginia Eloise Peterson

Justin Adams Abelson

Reed Vivian Abelson