Wayne H. “Bud” Abbott Jr.

Wayne H. “Bud” Abbott Jr. (BS Chem Egr '49) of Ann Arbor, Michigan, died February 12, 2011, at age 85.

After earning his degree, Abbott was the superintendent of the Waste Water Treatment Division of the Utilities Department in Ann Arbor for more than 30 years. During his career, he served as the Chair of the Management Division of the American Water Works Association, advised the Environmental Protection Agency and Congress, helping develop national drinking water standards, and was a board member with the National Science Foundation.

Abbott was a pilot in the Air Force, serving during WWII. He also volunteered in his community as a member of the Budget Committee of the local United Way, and on the Board of Directors of the Ann Arbor Kiwanis Club. He was a member of the First Congregational Church.

Abbott loved nature and the outdoors, and was an avid fisherman, golfer, and camper. His retirement years were spent with friends and family in Venice, Florida, and at North Lake, Michigan.

He leaves behind his wife, Pat, with whom he had recently celebrated 60 years of marriage; son Wayne (Pat) Abbott of Okemos, Mich.; daughter Marty (Steve) Witt of Seattle, Wash.; son Michael (Sue) Abbott of Ann Arbor; his six grandchildren—Amelia, Ian, and Sean Sorenson-Abbott; and Lisa, Jessica, and David Abbott; and his sister Georgiana (Ray) Weaver of Mount Pleasant Hill, Ohio. Bud was preceded in death by his parents Wayne and Olive Abbott of Lawton, Mich., and his brother Tom Abbott.