James H. Abbott, 92, of Jamesville, New York, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 8, 2019, at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center.
Jim was born in Syracuse, NY and was a US Navy veteran of WW II. He earned his BA from Syracuse University College of Liberal Arts, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Public Affairs. Prior to his retirement in 1989, Jim’s long and distinguished career included serving as President of St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center; President of Franciscan Management Services, Inc.; Vice President of SUNY Upstate Medical Center; Administrator of University Hospital; Administrator, Syracuse University Hospital of the Good Shepherd; and the U.S. Public Health Service Bureau of Medical Services. Jim also service as Director, Regional Advisory Board at Excellus; Trustee and VP of Community Health Foundation of Western and Central New York; Trustee, St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center; Chairman, Samaritan Center Foundation; Director, Samaritan Center; Chairman, Board of Directors, Tompkins Community Support Services, Inc.; Treasurer, United Way of Central New York; Chairman, Advisory Board of Health, County of Onondaga; Professor of Administrative Medicine, College of Medicine, Upstate Medical Center; Trustee, American Hospital Association; President, Hospital Association of New York State; Chairman, Mid-Atlantic Hospital Assembly; Chairman, Hospital Executive Council, Syracuse, NY; President, Syracuse Hospital Council; Director, Blue Cross of Central New York, Chairman, Board of Directors, Iroquois Nursing Home; Director, Plaza Nursing Home; Director, Health Services Association of Central New York, Inc.; Chairman, Board of Directors, Health Services Medical Corp.; Trustee, Syracuse Savings Bank, Director, Fleet-Norstar Bank of Syracuse; Vice President and Director, Central New York Health Systems Agency; Trustee, Hospital Review and Planning Council of CNY; and Trustee, Central New York Regional Medical Program.
Jim is survived by his son, Thomas F. (Kathy) Abbott, of Mebane, NC; and three grandsons, Sean, Casey and Jackson. He is predeceased by his wife, Mary Louise; son, James H. Abbott, Jr.; and daughter, Amy Abbott.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, October 11 at 11 a.m. at Holy Cross Church, DeWitt. Entombment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, DeWitt. A private visitation will be held for the family.
Fairchild & Meech DeWitt Chapel has care of arrangements.