Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Patricia Tabram Abbott, former executive director of the Westport Housing Authority, died Feb. 22. She was 85.
She and her late husband, William F. Abbott, Jr., were Westport residents for more than 50 years.
Born in New York City on March 28, 1929 to the late Ralph Cressman Tabram and Miriam Eichart Tabram, she spent her early years in Mount Vernon, N.Y, before heading to boarding school, excelling in academics and honing in her love of science.
She graduated from Davis and Elkins College, Elkins, W.V., as a pre-med major, earning a B.S. in biology. She followed her passion in health care, graduating in 1952 from the Flower Fifth Avenue School of Nursing of the New York Medical College.
Working as clinical supervisor of the operating rooms at Flower Fifth Avenue, she met the love of her life, and future husband, William F. Abbott, Jr. They were married for 58 years before his death less than a year ago.
They fell in love with Westport during their frequent visits and have been residents since 1962.
One could always find them taking full advantage of their regular Friday afternoon golf game, weekly tennis outings, sunsets at the beach and when not physically active, they could always be found at the Westport Library where they became early active supporters.
She retired from nursing and worked for 25 years as the executive director of the Westport Housing Authority where she oversaw the development and management of its affordable housing projects—Hales Court, Canal Park, Sasco Creek Village and Hidden Brook.
She was described and honored for her absolute sense of fairness and honesty in all her dealings with the applicants, tenants, contractors, suppliers as well as town, state and national officials.
She also served as vice chairman of the Westport-Weston Health District, a board member of the Community Council and was active in political committees.
In addition to these achievements, she was a classically trained pianist, painter, accomplished cook (nothing canned, nothing frozen) and lover of wild life, often describing her travel and safari to Kenya, Africa as the best adventure of her life.
She is survived by her son, Richard Abbott of Bridgeport, her daughter, Sally Cadoux, son-in-law, Peter Cadoux, and three grandchildren, Stephen, Philip and Elysse, all of Westport.
The family will be receiving friends and family on Sunday, March 1, from 1– 3 p.m. at Maplewood at Strawberry Hill, assisted living community, 73 Strawberry Hill Ave., Norwalk, Internment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to: the Westport Library, 20 Jesup Road, Westport, CT 06880.
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