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W. Nelson Abbott ’36

Published in Feb. 25, 2004, issue

Nels died Nov. 18, 2003, in Provo, Utah; he was 89. At Princeton he majored in economics and was vice president of Dial Lodge. He left Princeton in his senior year because of a serious illness.

Early on he was employed by the Van Norman Machine Tool Co., Electric Autolite, Black and Decker, and Kaiser Shipyards. In 1942 he joined Westinghouse Electric Corp. In 1944 he enlisted in the Navy, attaining the rank of aviation electronics technician's mate first class, and worked as an instructor in Chicago.

He was discharged in 1946 and returned to Westinghouse, where he held several marketing management positions around the country for various appliance divisions. He retired in 1973 after 30 years of service.

Nels enjoyed duplicate bridge, golf, and major sports events at Brigham Young U. He served St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Provo as a junior warden, senior warden, vestryman, lay reader, and chalice bearer. He enjoyed living at Cove Point Retirement Center in Provo.

In 1940 he married Opal "Monett" Rigby, who predeceased him in 1998. He is survived by several nieces and nephews.

Nels was a loyal Princetonian and classmate who kept in touch for many years with our class secretary.

The Class of 1936

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