In Memoriam: Dennis Goggin, 70

Senior Chase Executive in Asia-Pacific

Dennis Goggin, who had a 23-year career with Chase Manhattan, serving in the United Kingdom, Northern Europe and Asia, died on March 28, 2015 in Corrales, NM, where had lived for the prior 10 years. He had just turned 70 and had suffered a series of strokes in the months prior to his death.

A native of Michigan, he received a BA from the Michigan State University Honors College. He then studied at The Russian and East European Institute at Indiana University and earned an MA in Russian and East European History. Prior to joining Chase Manhattan Bank, he was a member of the U.S. Cultural Exchange and lived in Sofia, Bulgaria where he was affiliated with the Institute for Balkan Studies.

Goggin joined Chase in 1973. His career included assignments in Georgia and Germany, as well as London, Taiwan and Hong Kong, where he was managing director and regional executive for Chase Manhattan Bank's corporate and institutional business in continental Asia and Southeast Asia. He was also a director of Manhattan Credit Card Ltd., Chase's publicly listed credit-card company in Hong Kong.

He left Chase in 1996 to become president of the Asia-Pacific region of Visa International, Tokyo. Visa International was, at the time, a worldwide partner with the International Olympic Committee's winter games in Nagano, Japan.

In 2001, he joined the Advisory Board of Texas-based Trintech Group PLC, for which he focused on ePayment developments and progress in Asia Pacific until 2004.

After moving to New Mexico, near Albuquerque, he became a director of the Bosque School.

He is survived by his sister, Ann.

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Photo courtesy of Bliss Smith: I met Dennis in Hong Kong in 1987 and remained friends throughout his travels and overseas postings. Dennis had a keen intellect and a razor sharp wit, especially when it came to politics.  No conversation with him ended before he asked what you were reading. Chances are, the next time you spoke to him, he had already read several of the books you had recommended. On the very short list of regrets in Dennis’s life was not having children of his own, but he found joy in those of his friends. His constant companions during the latter years of his life in Colorado and New Mexico were his beloved labs, Chaco and Spook. We all miss Dennis very much. 

From Kurt Geiger: I am sorry to hear the sad news about Dennis; I worked with him in London and then later in Hongkong; He suggested to me  to take over his flat in London, Argyll Road, and buy  a piece of his Georgian furniture. I still have it, and it always reminded me of him. At his advise I bought  the flat from Chase, the first flat I owned. Dennis was a great professional, good judge of people, mentor to me; he was direct, honest, straight to the point and effective. I learned a lot from him and it served me through my life. My thoughts are with his sister. 

From Peter Larr: What sad news. Dennis I worked together during those great years in DIB and those successful years in Hong Kong. We were colleagues and friends. RIP Dennis. 

From Tony Singleton: My sincere condolences to Dennis's family . I have good memories of Dennis in NY and London and am saddened by his passing at a young age.

From Elaine Cox: I am deeply saddened to hear that Dennis has passed away.  My thoughts are with his sister, Ann.
I had the pleasure of working with Dennis for four years in London during the late 70s/early 80s when he headed up a hard working and fun team!  May he rest in peace. 

From Paul Sullivan: Having first met Dennis at Chase in London some 35 years ago, we became and had remained good friends ever since. I will remember him well as always a lively conversationalist with a quick mind and a razor wit. We had been in touch recently and looked forward to meeting up, either in the US or in Ireland, now that we both had more free time. Rest easy my friend. With every good wish to his sister Ann. 

From Simon Mansfield: I first met Dennis at London Heathrow, boarding a flight to Dublin to join John Phillipsborn for a lunch with The Bank of Ireland. Some vital piece of equipment was required, and I had been selected by Dennis (who had already left the office without it) to convey it to Dublin. My reward was lunch with the senior management of BoI - John and Dennis mysteriously excused themselves midway through lunch for some other business appointment!
     We were both living some years later in Hong Kong, where Dennis led a most glamorous lifestyle in what was considered the prime property on the South side of the Island, the only private residence right next to the Hong Kong Country Club. I became a frequent stand-in for Dennis’ regular squash partners. He was extremely competitive, and a good player, and I am not sure that I could ever win more than an occasional game from him.
      I never worked directly for Dennis, but we shared several clients; he was always a generous advisor to me, and I was touched that he attended my own leaving party at ‘M’ in 1989. A few years ago he attended one of our Alumni gatherings in London where, as usual, he was the main draw. The world is a poorer place without him.