Jan. 6, 1956 – June 17, 2014
Nan Robinson Abbott, a psychiatric social worker and musician, died Tuesday in her North Buffalo home under hospice care following a two-year struggle with ovarian cancer. She was 58.
Born Nan Robinson in Lockport, she graduated from Lockport High School and earned an associate degree in music from Niagara County Community College.
She continued her education and earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from State University at Stony Brook, a master’s degree in education from Indiana University and a master’s degree in social work from the University at Buffalo.
A licensed clinical social worker and credentialed alcoholism and substance abuse counselor, she received certificates for master practitioner, neurolinguistic programming, and practitioner of hypnotherapy from the American Hypnosis Training Academy, Silver Spring, Md. She also received a certificate in eye-movement digitization and reprocessing from UB.
Ms. Robinson Abbott was a clinical social worker at Mid-Erie Counseling and Treatment Services in Cheektowaga and most recently at Northern Erie Clinical Services at Erie County Medical Center.
She also served as assistant director of student residential life at Concord College in West Virginia and as assistant director of student development at Moorhead State University.
She was a manager at the local Tandy Leather store.
A collector of vintage trumpets, Ms. Robinson Abbott played the French horn in several local musical ensembles, including the Amherst Chamber Ensemble.
She was an active member of the Buffalo Niagara Concert Band, serving a term as the group’s president, as well as being a board member.
During personal time, she enjoyed motorcycling, leather working, kayaking, canoeing, camping, and fishing.
Ms. Robinson Abbott donated her body to the UB School of Medicine.
She is survived by her husband of five years, Fredric DeVantier, and a brother, Mark.
A memorial service will be at 5 p.m. Monday in Post 1041, American Legion, 533 Amherst St., Buffalo.