Walter Hildreth Abbott

September 8, 1928July 29, 2012

Walter Hildreth Abbott, 83, died Sunday July 29, 2012 at Lynchburg General Hospital, Lynchburg, VA. He was married to Edna Levasseur Abbott on June 23, 1957.

He was born in Brattleboro, Vermont on September 8, 1928. He was the only boy out of four children born to the late Wallace and Olive Abbott. He was a graduate of Brattleboro High School in Vermont, and Norwich University and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI, with a degree in Nuclear Energy. He served in the U. S. Army for 28 years and retired in 1973 as a Lt. Colonel. He was a member of St. William of York Catholic Church.

He leaves behind two sons: Wray G. Abbott of Fredericksburg, Wayne G. Abbott of Springfield, and two daughters, Wendy Alexander of Lynchburg, and Sonya Ann Abbott of Brookline, MA; he also left behind numerous nieces and nephews, cousins and a sister, Mrs. Francis Freeman of Myrtle Beach, S. C.

Walter was preceded in death by two of his four sons, Walter W. Abbott of Raleigh, NC and William G. Abbott of Fredericksburg, VA.

The family will receive friends from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Monday August 6, 2012 at Mullins & Thompson Funeral Service, Stafford. A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday August 7, 2012 at St. William of York Catholic Church with interment to follow in Quantico National Cemetery.

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  • Visitation Monday, August 6, 2012
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, August 7, 2012

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deb charette

August 7, 2012

Aunt Edna,Wayne Wray and Wendy,

So sorry for your loss my thoughts and prayers are with all of you in this very trying time.

Deb Charette

August 3, 2012

The Dorcas Ministry of Thomas Terrace Baptist Church wish to express our sympathy to you and your family. We are remembering you in our prayers. Please contact us if we can be of help during this difficult time.

Jim & Darlene Barrett

August 2, 2012

My condolences to Edna and the family. I worked and traveled with Walt when he was at B&W. I will always treasure the dinners and wine we shared during our trips. His obituary was too modest. Walt accomplished a lot. He is one of the few men in this country to be responsible for the initial start-up of two different nuclear power plants. Quite an achievement! I am glad we got together this past year in SC. You are all in our prayers. May he rest in peace. God bless!

Carolyn Nolan

August 1, 2012

Mrs. Abbott, Wray, Wayne, and Wendy and the entire family, we are so sad to hear the news of Mr. Abbott. Your family has been part of my entire life and will seeing him. We are so blessed that we got to see him last September and will always cherish all the memories. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Carolyn & JD

Neal Laur

July 31, 2012

When I was accepted into the US Army Nuclear Power Group in 1961 Captain Walter Abbot was one of my Instructors. I found him to be a good instructor and a very nice person. He would not put up with any horseplay during classes though. I learned a lot from all the instructors I had and I got a good education. My blessings go to his family.
SFC Neal Laur (Ret)