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Shirley Abbott
Ronald Reagan with ambassador Shirley Abbott.jpg
1984
Born (1924-07-23)July 23, 1924
Fairview, Oklahoma
Died April 23, 2013(2013-04-23) (aged 88)
Coronado, California
Alma mater Pacific University
Occupation Optometrist
Political party Republican Party

Shirley Levoy "S.L." Abbott (July 23, 1924 – April 23, 2013) was an American businessman, rancher, politician, and ambassador.

Born in Fairview, Oklahoma, Abbott lived on a dairy farm in Minnesota with his family and then moved to El Paso, Texas. He served in the United States Army during World War II. He received his bachelor and optometrist degrees from Pacific University. He then practiced optometry in El Paso and was a rancher. He served in the Texas House of Representatives as a Republican 1977-1978.[1] In 1983, Abbott was appointed United States Ambassador to Lesotho by President Ronald Reagan. Abbott died from complications of congestive heart failure in Coronado, California.[2][3][4]

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Keith Lapham Brown
United States Ambassador to Lesotho
1984–1989
Succeeded by
Robert M. Smalley

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