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Doris Holloway Abels

Doris Holloway Abels, mental health counselor. License mental health counselor, Rhode Island; certified national mental health counselor; approved clinical supervisor. Grantee Rhode Island State Council on Arts, University Utah, 1969; appointed to Rhode Island College Foundation, 1992.


  • Abels, Doris Holloway was born on October 28, 1925 in Providence. Daughter of John William and Cecelia May (Peckenham) Holloway.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, University Rhode Island, 1971; Master of Arts, University Connecticut, 1974; Certified advanced study, Rhode Island College, 1982; DEd, Boston University, 1986.


    • Theatre, professional dancer (Doris and Joan) Ed Sullivan Show, Holloway Sisters, Eddie Cantor, others, 1944-1949. Director, manager Doris Holloway School Dance, Rhode Island, 1950-1985. Therapist Norwich (Connecticut) Hospital, 1974-1975, Institute Mental Health, Rhode Island, 1978-1979.

      Mental health counselor, educational advisor Providence, from 1977. Adjunct professor Brown University, Rhode Island, 1985, Rhode Island College, since 1990.

    Major achievements

    • License mental health counselor, Rhode Island. Certified national mental health counselor. Approved clinical supervisor.


    Member advisory board Rhode Island Council on Arts, Providence, 1970-1985, vice chairman International House Rhode Island, Providence, since 1986, board directors Rhode Island Grand Opera, Incorporated, Providence, since 1986, Volunteers in Providence Schools, 1990-1991, Rhode Island College Foundation Corporation, since 1992, Rhode Island College, since 1993, board directors, teacher Langston Hughes Center for Arts, Providence, since 1986. Member American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Rhode Island Association Counseling and Development (president 1990-1992), Rhode Island Association Women in Education, American Mental Health Counselors Association, International Cult Education Program (advisory board since 1988), American Family Foundation (member committee since 1983).



    Golf, sailing, dance, voice, theater.


    • Married Howard Earl Birman, June 1949 (division 1964). Children: Kerry, Kathie, John.

      Married J. Lester, June 17, 1979.
    • child: Kerry Abels
    • child: Kathie Abels
    • child: John Abels
    • mother: Cecelia May (Peckenham) Holloway
    • spouse: Howard Earl Birman
    • spouse: J. Lester
    • father: John William
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    Born October 28, 1925
    Died October 28, 1997
    (aged 72)
    • 1971
      University Rhode Island
    • 1974
      University Connecticut
    • 1982
      Rhode Island College
    • 1986
      Boston University
    • 1944 - 1949
    • 1950 - 1985
      director, Doris Holloway School Dance
    • 1950 - 1985
      manager, Doris Holloway School Dance
    • 1974 - 1975
      therapist Norwich (Connecticut) Hospital
    • 1978 - 1979
      therapist Norwich (Connecticut) Hospital
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