Colette Abbott


Age: 59

wife of University of South Dakota president James Abbott who grew up in Pierre, South Dakota where she attended USD and married her husband in 1987, whom the couple have three adult daughters and two grandchildren when James Abbott became the school's 17th president in 1997 and presided over a period of substantial growth, including the school's transition to Division I sports.

Cause of Death: Complications of cancer

Born: June 24, 1956

Died: May 4, 2016

Vermillion, South Dakota