Abbott Millspaugh, 82, Middle East consultant

Abbott Millspaugh, a retired consultant on Middle East affairs, died Wednesday of apparent heart failure at his home in Waverly. He was 82.

Mr. Millspaugh was born in Persia (now Iran), where his father, the late Dr. Arthur C. Millspaugh, was an economic adviser with the U.S. State Department. He spent much of his childhood in Tehran, and traveled extensively in the Middle East and Haiti.


Mr. Millspaugh returned to Iran as young man to assist his father in a later assignment. He served as a rifleman in the Army during World War II, received the European-African-Middle Eastern Theater ribbon, and served in France in 1945, when he was discharged.

In 1948, he married Doris H. Rintelmann, who died in 1989.


Mr. Millspaugh was educated at a private high school in Washington and during the 1950s earned a degree at the University of Chicago. The family then relocated to the New York area, where Mr. Millspaugh did graduate work in psychology at the New School for Social Research and taught at the Nassau Center on Long Island, a private school for autistic and schizophrenic children.

During the 1960s, Mr. Millspaugh moved to Annapolis, where he worked in civil rights voter-registration drives, said a daughter, Tweefie Millspaugh of Baltimore. He then made his home in Baltimore and worked briefly at Johns Hopkins University on a psychology research project.

Mr. Millspaugh had a private consulting business in the Baltimore-Washington area until his retirement. He continued to pursue his interest in international relations by commuting to take classes at Columbia University in the late 1970s.

Services will be at 9:30 a.m. today at March Funeral Home East, 1101 North Ave. in Baltimore.

In addition to his daughter, he is survived by two other daughters, Susan Millspaugh Trudeau of Providence, R.I., and Dr. Judy Millspaugh Anderson of Philadelphia; a son, Wade Curry of Long Island; a grandson; and longtime friend Joanne Cates of Baltimore.