Details on Colette Abbott Memorial Service

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Doors will open at 9 a.m. Monday, two hours before the start of the memorial service for Colette Abbott, wife of University of South Dakota President James W. Abbott, who died suddenly Wednesday at her home.

The service starts at 11 a.m. Monday, May 9, in Aalfs Auditorium in Slagle Hall on the USD campus. It will also be livestreamed on

The family is also hosting an open house at the president’s residence, 415 East Main Street, on Sunday, May 8, from 2-5 p.m. All are welcome.

The family requests that memorial gifts be directed to the James W. and Colette Abbott scholarship at the USD Foundation or to the Children’s Home Society.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Michael Ewald
USD News