Eugene L. (Gene) Abbott, 62, a retired photographer of The Washington Star, died Tuesday in Post Saint Lucie, Fla. He suffered from a liver ailment.

A former resident of Arlington, Mr. Abbott moved to Port Saint Lucie after retiring from The Star in 1970. He had been president of the White House News Photographers Association in the early 1950s.

He won the association's first prize for sports photos in 1955 with his picture of a Princeton University freshman crew that kept rowing while its sinking shell disappeared below the surface of the Potomac River.

Born in Danville, Va., Mr. Abbott grew up in Washington, and graduated from McKinley High School. During World War II, he was a photographer with the Associated Press. He joined The Star in 1947.

In his earlier years, Mr. Abbott had been a press agent for western screen star Roy Rogers, and had traveled with Rogers when the actor made public appearance around the country.

Mr. Abbott photographed many of the major events in Washington during his years with The Star. They included the visit of Queen Elizabeth II when she was still a princess, and the 1963 civil rights March on Washington.

He is survived by his wife, Vera, of the home in Port Saint Lucie.