Clara Abbott

Clara Augusta Ingraham was the wife of Wallace Calvin Abbott, the founder of Abbott. Clara was born on December 14, 1857 in Pomfret, Vermont. She married Dr. Abbott, her childhood sweetheart, in 1886 shortly after he received his M.D. from the University of Michigan. The couple moved to Chicago where they lived in a two-room apartment in Ravenswood.

Clara had a deep appreciation and concern for the employees of her husband’s company. When Clara died in 1924, she donated 12,000 shares of company stock to be used “in furtherance of my beloved husband’s profession and work”. Her will included a provision that provided for the establishment of a “charity” to help Abbott employees. Today this charity is known as The Clara Abbott Foundation.

For more than 80 years, The Clara Abbott Foundation has changed the lives of thousands of Abbott families in financial need, providing help and hope for a better future. And today, and always, we celebrate the person who changed the lives of so many.

Thank you, Clara, for the first 80 years.

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For Abbott employees, retirees, and their families, The Clara Abbott Foundation is here to provide compassionate, confidential support in times of need.

In order to provide financial assistance or scholarships, we need to fully understand your situation. Therefore, personal information and various documentation will be requested and required throughout the process. In some cases, we will verify information with HR or Abbott.

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  2. Be prepared to be open, honest, and forthcoming about your specific needs and situation throughout the process.
  3. Any misrepresentation of a situation, including fraud, deceit, or concealment with regard to information on an application or obtained during the consultation process will have consequences as defined by the Abbott Business Code of Conduct.