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Eileen Abato, fashion director

Eileen Abato, fashion director

Eileen Abato, a retired department store fashion director who became an advocate for AIDS awareness, died of leukemia Thursday at the Gilchrist Hospice Care. The Towson resident was 69. Born Eileen Mary Wible in a Philadelphia suburb, she grew up in Hermosa Beach, Calif., and was a graduate of Mira Costa High School there. In a 1989 Baltimore Sun profile, she recounted that she wanted to go into fashion sales as a teen and joined a work-study program at the May Co. She initially sold hosiery and housewares, but as an 18-year-old, she talked her way into becoming a May Co. fashion coordinator in a newly opened West Los Angeles store. In the article, she said she fell in love with a golf...