Many former friends and colleagues in the communications industry are mourning the loss of Thomas Abbott, a man who has contributed so much to the field. Abbott, a former Xerox and General Motors spokesman, Chicago area journalist, and religion columnist for Greenwich Time, died on April 1 at the age of 76 from respiratory failure.Abbott retired in 1994 as chief corporate spokesman for Xerox after 25 years with the company.
Previously, he worked at GM for 14 years as a media spokesman. Before moving into PR, Abbott worked as a business writer for the Chicago Tribune and a reporter for the highly-respected but now-defunct City News Bureau of Chicago. In his retirement, Abbott developed and wrote a popular biweekly column that helped launch Greenwich Time's Saturday religion section.
Surviving him are his son, Paul Scott Abbott of Miramar, FL, his daughter, Laura May Abbott of Greenwich, CT, and his granddaughter, Ashleigh Danielle Abbott. He was predeceased by his wife of 42 years, Shirley Schuette Abbott.
Flower contributions can be made to the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation (Society of Professional Journalists), 3909 N. Meridan St., Indianapolis, IN 46208.
Abbott had previously served as president of the New York and Chicago chapters of the journalists society.