Edwin Gregory Abate ’54 was born in San Jose, the son of Richard Abate and Vivian Panopulos Abate. Growing up in a modest family, Ed’s early years included being an altar boy at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, working at his mother’s coffee shop, and spending his summers working at Falstaff Brewery. Upon graduation from Bellarmine College Preparatory, Ed attended SCU, earning a B.S. in biology. He went on to Saint Louis University, graduating in 1958 with a D.D.S., and was recognized for his scholastic excellence in operative dentistry, earning the Mosby Scholarship Book Award. While in dental school, he met and married the love of his life, Judith (Stengel). Ed enjoyed every minute of his 55-year dental practice in San Jose and cared tremendously for his patients, devoted staff, and colleagues. Throughout his dental career, which started in Guam while serving in the U.S. Navy, Ed pursued advanced professional development, specializing in reconstructive and neuromuscular dentistry, successfully helping many patients with temporal mandibular jaw pain. He was also a member of the Santa Clara County Dental Society, serving as president from 1978–79. Ed and Judy were devoted to nurturing a loving family. He had great love of supporting his four sons in all of their endeavors. He pursued his passion for auto racing by becoming an amateur sports car road racer, winning the SCCA National Championship in 1977 and competing at the 24 Heures du Mans in France. He also enjoyed the mellower things in life—cruising in his boat, building a garden railroad, and planting flowers at his Monte Sereno home. More than anything else, Ed maintained that his success was through hard work and grit. Among many other things, he was blessed with incredible determination and a keen eye for detail. Ed passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Dec. 8, 2017. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Judy, and was a very committed father to sons Edwin Abate ’81 (Pauline),Gregory, Martin and Chris. He was a proud Papa to his grandchildren, Emilie Abate ’10, Abbey, Oliver Abate ’15, Evan, Michael, and Audrey. He is also survived by his brother and best friend, Richard Abate Jr. Ed was a loving and devoted son, husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend to all.

08 Nov 2018