|Birth: ||Jun. 16, 1914|
|Death: ||Jan. 24, 1996|
Parents: James Percival Edwards and Margaret Adams Wathen.
Widow of Dr. William Irvin Abell, Jr.
The Courier-Journal, 1996.
Helen was a widely known advocate of historic preservation and other charitable and medical causes. She was on the board of advisers of the National Trust for Historic Preservation from 1967 to 1970 and was chairwoman from 1970-1971, when she was elected to the trust's board. In 1982 she received the National Trust's highest honor, the Louise DuPont Crowninsheld Award, for her achievement in historic preservation. One of her most trying-and triumphant- moments came when she went up against the Louisville Women's Club, which wanted to tear down two historical buildings on Fourth Street and Park Avenue for a parking lot. Under pressure from Abell and fellow preservationists, the city, using its condemnation powers, ultimately saved the building. She began her work in historic preservaton when she served on the acquistion committee at Locust Grove when it was being restored and she went on to become regent of Locust Grove and serve on the board of the Historic Homes Foundation. She was named to the Louisville Landmarks Commision in 1973 and was appointed chairwoman in 1978. She was a founding member of Preservation Alliance of Louisville and Jefferson County and a member on its board. In 1986 the alliance presented her its annual award for outstanding achievement, an award which now bears her name. In 1986 she also received the Founders Award from the Junior League of Louisville, for which she was a sustaining member. Helen was vice president of the American Symphony Orchestra board, and a member of the Society for Architectural Historians, the Society of Colonial Dames of America, Association of State and Local History and the International Council of Monuments and Sites. She was a founder of the Commonwealth Preservation Advocate, served on the Kentucky Heritage Commision, was a member of the advisory council of the Deparment of Arts and served on the Save the Mansion Committee. She was also a member of the Jefferson County Historic Landmarks and Preservation Commission and served on the county judge's task force on historic preservation. She was a charter member of the Louisville Historical League and served on its board of directors. She was also president of the Cerebral Palsy School and served on the boards of the Louisville Medical Research Foundation, the Louisville Orchestra and the Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilition. She graduated from U of L and did graduate work at its Kent School of Social Wor. She was survived by a daughter, a son, a sister, and two grandaughters.
Buried in Calvary Cemetery, Louisville, Ky; Secion 26; Lot 17. A Single Flat Marker with the inscription: HELEN EDWARDS ABELL; 1914 - 1996.
(abstracted by Dolores Bohn)
William Irvin Abell (1908 - 1989)
Maintained by: Dolores & Danny Bohn
Originally Created by: Francie Ede
Record added: Mar 13, 2010
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