Joseph A. Abate Jr. ’59 of Farmington, CT, died on August 9. He was 74. In addition to studying at Berklee, Abate attended Brown University, Central Connecticut State University, and Harvard University. He was the president and CEO of Tilcon Tomasso Inc., where he worked until his retirement in 2003. Abate was an avid guitarist who played with groups such as Suite Roc and First Class. In addition to his wife, Marie, Abate is survived by his son, Dr. Joseph A. Abate III; daughters, Lynne Gagliardi, Joanne Couceiro, and Kristen Daigle; and numerous grandchildren.