CPT Charles Spencer “Spence” Abbot

CPT Charles Spencer “Spence” Abbot

Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA
Death 15 Nov 2017 (aged 44)
Burial Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, USA
Memorial ID 185816091 · View Source
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Captain Charles Spencer Abbot, 44, of Solomons, Maryland and Arlington, Virginia, died suddenly and unexpectedly on November 15th. No details are presently available.
He was just 44 and leaves a devoted wife, two small daughters and his first son due in two months for which he was very excited.

Capt. C. Spencer Abbot, PhD (1973-2017)
International Affairs Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations;
White House Fellowship (2015);
Special Assistant to Assistant Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (2016-2017).
He participated in Operation Tomodachi and served as the Deputy Director of the U.S. Embassy's Bilateral Assistance Coordination Cell (BACC), which coordinated with the Japanese government regarding the situation at Fukushima Daiichi plant.
Spence Abbot's great-grandfather, Capt. J.L. Abbot III (USNR) graduated Annapolis in 1912, the grandson of J.L. Abbot Sr. who married an aunt of Alva Vanderbilt.

Spence Abbot's grandfather, Rear Admiral J.L. Abbot IV (1918-2012), headed Operation Deep Freeze in Antarctica (1967-1969) and the Abbot Ice Shelf in Antarctica was named for him. He was the Commanding Officer of the USS Intrepid (CVA-11), which was the recovery ship for Astronaut Scott Carpenter after his orbit flight in May 1962.

Spence Abbot's father, Admiral C. Stevenson ("Steve") Abbot, was Deputy Commander in Chief, U.S. European Command (DCINCEUR), 1998–2000; was scheduled for promotion to 5-star admiral and Secretary of the Navy had the U.S. gone to war under President Clinton; reassigned/appointed Sept. 10, 2001 Executive Dir. of Vice President Cheney's National Preparedness Review, with first day of duty (coincidentally) being 9/11/2001; chaired the committee which formed the Department of Homeland Security and selected/recommended Tom Ridge as first director of DHS; served as Deputy Director, Dept. of Homeland Security, 2001–2003.

NEW YORK TIMES, May 29, 2011, p. ST15: "Laura Winthrop and Cmdr. C. Spencer Abbot were married Saturday at Ascension Memorial Church in Ipswich, Mass. … The bridegroom, a Navy FA-18 Hornet pilot, and the bride work at the United States Embassy in Tokyo, as part of a Council on Foreign Relations international affairs fellowship. The bride, 33, graduated magna cum laude from Harvard and received a Master of Philosophy degree in international relations from Cambridge University in England. … The bride is a descendant of John Winthrop Sr., a founder of Boston in 1630 and the first governor of the Massachusetts Bay colony. His son John Winthrop Jr. founded Ipswich…."

Obituary provided by family:
"CAPT Charles Spencer Abbot, USN, died on November 15, 2017. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on April 18, 1973, the eldest son of ADM Charles Stevenson Abbot, USN, Retired, and Marjorie Sellars Abbot.

"A fourth generation Naval officer, Spencer graduated from Hampton Roads Academy in 1991 and the Naval Academy in 1995, where he served as Brigade Commander and Plebe Summer Regimental Commander. He subsequently earned a Master’s Degree and PhD in International Relations from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and an Executive MBA, taken in Spanish, from Instituto de Empresa in Madrid.

"Spencer completed Navy flight training in 2000 and F/A-18C Fleet Replacement Squadron training in 2001, receiving awards for graduating with the highest grades of the year for both programs. He then joined the VFA-15“Valions” and flew combat missions at the outset of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan in 2001 and Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. He joined the VFA-37 “Ragin’ Bulls” for his department head tour and was selected among all Navy pilots for the 2008 Order of Daedalians Exceptional Pilot Award following combat operations in Iraq. In his last aviation tour, Spencer served as Commanding Officer of the VFA-27 “Royal Maces” in Atsugi, Japan, where his squadron earned the “Battle E” award as the top F/A-18E/F squadron in the Pacific Fleet for 2014.

"In his first shore assignment, Spencer served as an EF-18 exchange pilot with the Spanish Air Force. He later served as an interagency representative for U.S. Southern Command at USAID and worked in Haiti following the 2010 earth quake in Port-au-Prince. He also served as an International Affairs Fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations in Tokyo and coordinated with the Japanese government following the tsunami that hit Japan in 2011. Spencer earned a White House Fellowship in 2015 and served at the State Department, where he worked on issues related to Latin America and the East Asia-Pacific. He then worked with the Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff until the fall of 2017 as a Special Assistant.

"Spencer’s military awards include the Air Medal (four Strike/Flight awards), the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal (two awards), and numerous other personal and unit awards.

"Spencer is survived by his loving wife, Laura Winthrop Abbot; their two beautiful girls, Eloise, 5, and Grace, 2; and their son, who is due in March."
Also survived by two brothers, Matthew Lloyd Abbot and Sebastian Taylor Abbot; uncle, James Lloyd Abbot V.

Descendant of the Dabney, Gaines, Pendleton, Savage, Strother, Thornton,
and other First Families of Virginia (Jamestowne Society).
He was a great-grandson of Helen Buck Taylor Abbot, Mardi Gras Queen of Mobile 1911;
great-great-grandson of Richard Vipon Taylor, mayor of Mobile and member of the Interstate Commerce Commission in D.C.;
4th-great-grandson of Jack Ferrell Ross (1791-1837), first Secretary of State of Kentucky and also first State Treasurer of Alabama;
6th-great-grand nephew of Gen. Edmund Pendleton Gaines who arrested Aaron Burr, War of 1812 hero and namesake of Gainesville, Florida, etc.;
6th-great-nephew of Col. George Strother Gaines (1784-1883), director of the Alabama State Bank and responsible for removal of the Choctaw of Alabama and Mississippi to Oklahoma;
6th-great-nephew of Myra Clark Gaines (1804-1885), called "the richest woman in America on paper" in her day;
6th-great-grandson of Samuel Parkman (1751-1824), noted benefactor of Boston whose son George Parkman (1790-1849) gave the land for Harvard University and Harvard Medical School, murder victim (see Blood & Ivy: The 1849 Murder that Scandalized Harvard by Paul Collins);
6th-great-grandson of the legendary Col. Jonathan Buck (1719-1795) of Bucksport, Maine, basis for the fictional television series "Dark Shadows" ("Shadows on the Wall" by Art Wallace, pp. 1-3).
7th cousin three times removed to Lizzie Borden;
10th-great-grandson of Cornelius Dabney (1630-1694), the Indian Interpreter for Cockacoeske, Queen of the Pamunkey and grand-niece of Pocahontas.

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