DR. BERNARD VICTOR JOSEPH ABBENE Ben Abbene Died peacefully on October 21, 2006.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years Laura, father Dr. Marius Abbene, mother Nellie, brothers Teddy and Dr. Michael Abbene and granddaughter Angela Abbene.
Ben was born in Brooklyn, New York on February 8, 1922. He was a graduate of Fordham University whe re he met his wife Laura. He served in the Army Air Corp as a tail-gunner during World War II.
In New York he taught English at Hofstra and Fordham Universities. He moved his family to California in 1962 where he worked as a writer for the Dinah Shore Show, Henry Jaffee, and David Wolper Productions.
He was a member of AFTRA, Screen Actors' Guild and the Writers' Guild. He was a professor at Loyola Marymount University in Westchester, California for over 20 years. During his tenure as the Chairman of that Department, Loyola was established as one of the premiere film and television schools in the country.
He was awarded the first Cosgrove Chair of Communication Arts as well as Outstanding Educator of America in 1973. He retired in 1987.
In his retirement he continued his passion for writing, built a second home with his own hands along with his sons and son-in-laws in Lone Pine, California and served as a mentor to his children, grandchildren and extended family.
He is survived by his eight children and their spouses, Lisa (Roger), Bonnie (Gary), Patrick, Laura Beth (Frank), Victor (Ellen), Ginger (Paul), Alex (Teri), Michael (Annette). His twenty-eight grandchildren, one great grandchild, two sisters and brother-in-laws Lillian (Bob), Jonell (Bob) and many, many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Family wrote: "Our father, grandpa and uncle will be greatly missed. He was a remarkable man. We are at peace knowing he is with God and his family."