Alumni Hall of Fame Class of 2016

Benjamin H. Abbott, Class of 1959

Mr. Benjamin H. Abbott grew up in Oldham County, KY and arrived at Kentucky Wesleyan in the fall of 1955. Almost immediately, he began recruiting friends and high school classmates to join him. During his years at Wesleyan, his home church had more students at the College than any other church in the Kentucky Conference. After graduating in 1959, he and his classmate, Linda Huffaker, were married and moved to San Antonio, Texas, where Ben joined the National Guard and launched a teaching career. He returned to Kentucky to join the family trucking business, then embarked on a distinguished 31-year career with Chevron Oil Company. After officially retiring in 1998, he stayed on in a consulting role through 2008.

He served on the Kentucky Wesleyan Board of Trustees from 1977-1993 and as president of the Alumni Association in 1975-76. He was instrumental in launching the Wesleyan soccer program as an NCAA varsity sport, and continued to actively recruit prospective students to the College for many years. His many accolades include being named an Outstanding Young Man of America in 1971, and ten years later, he was recognized by Kentucky Wesleyan College with the Outstanding Alumnus award.

Mr. Abbott has contributed financially to Kentucky Wesleyan for over 50 continuous years, is a member of the President’s Circle, and the patriarch of the Abbott family’s legacy at the College. A laboratory in the Yu Hak Hahn Science Center is named in memory of his mother and father, Mr. & Mrs. Howard Abbott. Ben’s brother, Donald K. Abbott, is a member of the Class of 1970, and his daughter, Dr. Cynthia Abbott, graduated from Wesleyan in 1987.

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