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Donald Plimpton Abbott ’25

Donald Plimpton Abbott ’25, January 11, 1998, at the home of his son in Depoe Bay, Oregon. He earned a master’s degree in economics from Columbia University in 1929. He opened a printing business in Portland, Abbott, Kerns and Bell, and was president of the company until his retirement in 1965, at which time he also sold the business. He married Olmsted Allen in 1928, and the couple had one son. Olmsted died in 1955, and in 1962 he married Frances Van Hevelingen. After his retirement, Donald and Frances moved to Canby, Oregon. He became active with the Oregon Historical Society and was a member of the Oregon Historical Society Honorary Council and served as associate editor for the society’s publications. In 1974, he wrote and published an article in the Oregon Historical Quarterly describing the work of Reed student volunteers in building a summer vacation camp overlooking the Columbia River in 1922. Survivors include his wife; his son; two step-sons; four grandchildren; and a sister.

Appeared in Reed magazine: May 1998

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