Former Pleasanton Councilor and School Trustee Arnold Abrott Dies at 105 | New


L. Arnold Abrott, a decades-long civic and business leader in Pleasanton who served on both city council and school board in the 1950s and 1960s, died earlier this month of natural causes in his hometown of Roseville, according to his family. He was 105 years old.

A former student of Amador Valley High School and World War II veteran, Abrott was an engineer by training and worked for years at Kaiser Sand & Gravel Co. in Pleasanton, rising through the ranks until his retirement as president. and CEO in 1980. He also served as the first director of the board of directors of Valley Memorial Hospital in Livermore and Community First National Bank in Pleasanton.

“With all of Arnold’s accomplishments, it was in his role as husband, father, stepfather, grandfather and great-grandfather that he shone the most,” Abrott’s family wrote in his obituary on the Weekly’s Lasting Memories page. “He and (his late wife) Annette loved spending time with their family, traveling, playing cards and golfing. In Arnold’s later years, he became an avid walker.”

Abrott served on Pleasanton City Council from November 1950 to May 1956, when he was appointed to the city’s planning commission which had been formed a year earlier, according to city records. He held the commission position until mid-May 1959.

He was further elected to the board of directors of the former Pleasanton School District (before the unification of the school district), serving there from 1958 to 1963, including one year as chairman of the board in 1962, according to the Museum on Main.

“We extend our deepest condolences to Mr. Abrott’s family. Pleasanton is blessed with a legacy of educational leaders, Mr. Abrott being one of them. We are grateful to all of our directors, past and present, who have chosen to serve our current and future generations of students, ”said Patrick Gannon, spokesperson for the Pleasanton Unified School District.

Born Lyle Arnold Abrott in 1916, Abrott – who bore his middle name Arnold – graduated from Amador Valley High School in 1934, then UC Berkeley with a degree in civil engineering in 1939.

He worked for several years as an engineer at Kaiser Sand & Gravel until he was appointed ensign in the US Navy during WWII. He would later reach the rank of lieutenant commander.

After his military service, Abrott returned to Kaiser Sand & Gravel in Pleasanton and continued in the industry in the Tri-Valley during a professional career that ended with the position of President and CEO of the Operation Kaiser, according to an article in The Valley Times featuring Abrott on his retirement in 1980 (shared with The Weekly by the Museum on Main).

Abrott served for nine years on the board of directors of the Valley Memorial Hospital in Livermore, which was built on a former gravel quarry property donated by Kaiser Sand & Gravel, the same company that also provided the land that became the Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area in Pleasanton, according to the 1980 article.

He was also a director of Community First National Bank in Pleasanton.

Abrott and his wife Annette lived for years in Pleasanton, then moved to Granite Bay during their retirement. They were married for 76 years until her death in 2017 at the age of 100. He then moved to an assisted living facility in Roseville, where he resided until his death on Nov. 5, according to his family.

Abrott is survived by his sons Arnold (Gloria) and Timothy (Kimberly), four grandchildren and four great grandchildren. The family held a private memorial at the grave shortly after his death.


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