Donald Knowles Abbott

Donald Knowles Abbott



Rev. Donald K. Abbott was born in Worcester, Massachusetts August 1918, son of Fred P. and Vera (Esler) Abbott.  After received his BA degree from Drew University, 1948, he was married to Geraldine L (Schacterle).  Rev. Abbott went on to earn a Bachelors of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary (New York) in 1950 and a M.Ed. from Boston University in 1958.  

In 1950, the Abbotts went as missionaries to the Mount Silinda Mission in Southern Rhodesia.  Initially, Rev. Abbott was the Superintendent of the Primary school and nearby village schools.  After five years, he became Principal of the Mount Silinda Institute (high school) and then, beginning 1959, Principal of the Chikore Mission Secondary School.  Mrs. Abbott was mission treasurer. 

The Rhodesian Government deported the Abbott family January 1966 for supporting racial integration.  The Abbotts then served as missionaries in Zambia and Turkey, retiring in 1976.  Rev. Abbott died December 1986.  Mrs. Abbott died 2005.


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