Luther D. Abbott ’39 died on January 8, 2010, in Thomasville, North Carolina.
He was born on December 3, 1915, in Auburn, the son of E. Farrington Abbott of the Bowdoin Class of 1903, and prepared for college at Edward Little High School. He was a member of Theta Delta Chi fraternity, and served in the Army during World War II, attaining the rank of technician fourth class. He was assistant superintendent of the Charles Cushman Shoe Company for 25 years and spent five years as a sales representative for American Automobile Association and Twin City Printery before becoming a realtor in 1971.
In 1984, he and his wife retired to North Carolina, where he pursued interests in gardening, golf, tennis, bridge, and sailing. He belonged to the Congregational UCC in Greensboro. He had been an active member of the High Street Congregational Church, Lewiston-Auburn YMCA, Toastmasters, Kiwanis, the Shrine, and the American Red Cross, and was a 50-year member of the Masons. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Phyllis Douglass Abbott; two daughters, Kathy Abbott and Barbara Nicholl; and two grandsons. He was predeceased by two brothers, E. Farrington Abbott Jr. ’31, and John C. Abbott ’43.