Abb majored in psychology at Princeton and played both football and baseball until an injury sidelined him. He was an enthusiastic member of Cannon Club and a member of the club’s bicker committee.
Starting work in advertising in Chicago, Abb opted for the warmer climate in California and began working for Channel 5 in Los Angeles for none other than cowboy-singer Gene Autry, eventually becoming general sales manager of the station. Pursuing his love of sports, he started his own company with sales rights for many major teams. Shortly thereafter, he opened a sports bar in Marina Del Rey named Brennan’s Pub. He initiated the bar promotion “Turtle Racing” acclaimed in Sports Illustrated. With that success he proceeded to build Pancho’s, a Mexican restaurant in Manhattan Beach.
When not handling his businesses, Abb enjoyed game fishing, pursuing treasure wrecks in the Caribbean, and traveling in Africa and Europe. A partner in Team Valor Racing Stables, his horses have run in the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness, the Belmont Stakes, and the Breeders’ Cup.
The class extends it condolences to Abb’s wife, Ann; and two sons, Abbot and Adam.