Former Central Michigan University First Lady Iris Abel died July 8, 2018. Her husband, the late Harold Abel, was CMU president from 1975-85.
The Abels' legacy at CMU includes the Dr. Harold Abel Endowed Lecture Series in the Study of Dictatorship, Democracy and Genocide. Established in 2009, the series brings to campus scholars focused on the impact of historical events such as the Holocaust and mass murders in Africa, Southeast Asia, and Central America.
Harold Abel died in 2002.