Savelas Arlando Rabb was born on August 12, 1974 in Aiken, South Carolina to Casper Isaiah Rabb and\nSharon Serice Johnson Rabb. He departed this life on Thursday, September 1, 2022 in Rockville, MD.\nAt an early age, Savelas accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior. His Christian experience came from\nhis family's affiliations with Zion Fair Missionary Baptist Church in Aiken, SC, Runs Missionary Baptist\nChurch in Beech Island, SC, and Union Branch in Williston, SC. He was a member of the Runs Missionary\nBaptist church where he served as an usher before going to college. He later became a member of Kingdom\nFellowship A.M.E. Church in Calverton, MD.\n\nSavelas was a graduate of Silver Bluff High School in Aiken, SC, and went on to attend Duke University in\nDurham, NC, where he received his B.S. in Chemistry. After a summer internship at Colgate-Palmolive, he\nwent on to attend The Ohio State University, where he received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry.\nHe moved to Gaithersburg, MD and would eventually become a research chemist at the National Institute\nof Standards and Technology (NIST) where he worked to certify values of chemical constituents in a variety\nof reference materials. Savelas even had a patent for an invention. As noted in a write-up on NIST's website,\nSavelas was "one of the incredible minds behind the redefinition of the kilogram and mole," where he worked\nwith an international team of scientists to redefine this unit of measure. His work led to recognition and\nawards stateside and abroad, but he was never boastful, always humble, kind, and loving. Many would ask\nhow or what made him decide to go into that field. He said,\n\n"Early on, maybe when I was in elementary school, an uncle gave me a chemistry set. I don't\nknow if that necessarily inspired me to go on to chemistry, but it was there in the back of my\nmind. In high school, I talked to my mom and said that I liked both chemistry and history. And\nthought I should go for chemistry. My grandmother always told me that I would have to\nwork hard for anything worth having. Her words continue to ring true today."\n\nFor a time, he also worked part-time at Strathmore, taught Sunday school at his church, and encouraged\nstudents' love for Science by judging Science Fairs. He has also participated in student enrichment activities\nsponsored by the Duke Alumni Association, as well as the Smithsonian.\n\nIn 2012, Savelas met his future wife, Danielle. They married in 2016, and had their first child, Julian, in 2018\nand Micah in February 2022. Savelas was a wonderful husband and father. He read to his children and would\nhave long conversations with his eldest child. He tirelessly planned all of the family trips, and would make\nsure everyone was up bright and early each morning to embark on whatever adventure he planned. Savelas\nembodied the best characteristics of a doting husband, father, friend, and colleague. He would go out of his\nway to help anyone in need. Simply stated, he was the best.\n\nSavelas leaves to cherish his memory: a devoted wife, Danielle Rabb; loving sons, Julian and Micah Rabb;\nbrother-in-law, Brian (Taleya) Hurdle of Monrovia, MD; nephew, Noah, two nieces, Maya and Corinne;\nsister-cousins, Stephanie Johnson of Augusta, GA, Brittney Johnson of Washington, D.C., and Ashley\n(Steffon) Benson of Atlanta, GA; one great-aunt, Katie Dandridge of Augusta,GA; one great-uncle, Rev.\nCasper I. Glenn of Harbor City, CA; four aunts, Margaret (Morris) Eldridge of Severn, MD, Mattie Williams\nof Columbia, SC, Kathy Rabb of Jenkinsville, SC, and Michele Rabb of Jenkinsivlle, SC; four uncles, Nathan\nRabb, Jr. of Los Angeles, CA, James (Willie) Rabb of Walterboro, SC, Sylvester Rabb of Carson, CA, and\nLeonard Bernard Johnson of New Ellenton, SC; one god-sister, Susan (Don) Matthews of Severn, MD, one\ngod-brother Jason Price of Aiken, SC; and a host of cousins and sorrowing friends.