In Memoriam: David K. Hakins, 66

"Mr. Vermont" in His Life After Chase

The Chase Alumni Association mourns the passing of it member David Kirk Hakins, 66, publisher of Vermont Life magazine, who died at his home in South Burlington, VT on July 23, 2013, after a five-month battle with pancreatic cancer.

Just a year and a half earlier, this Web site had profiled Hakins in a Life After Chase feature, describing his Vermont-centric activities following
his career as vice president and director of corporate promotion and vice president and director of internal communication for Chase Manhattan Bank, where he worked from 1978 to 1986.

Hakins grew up in Rutland, VT, attending Rutland High School and then Farleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, NJ. He lived in Wyckoff and Franklin Lakes, NJ., for most of his business career. Hakins returned to his beloved Vermont in 2005 to serve as director of sales and promotion for the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing. He has since served as executive director and COO of the Vermont Convention Bureau and as director of business development for the Essex Resort & Spa.

Dave joined the Vermont Life team in May 2011 and was named publisher and CEO in December 2011. Hakins also directed Vermont Life's advertising and bulk subscription sales and new business ventures.

He served in the Air National Guard in Alaska, Vermont and New York.

Hakins was especially proud of being one of the founding members of the Vermont Sports Hall of Fame and serving as chair in its inaugural season. He served as a board member of the Essex Rotary, Vermont Hospitality Council, and Prevent Child Abuse Vermont.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Jane Wilbur Hakins; son, David W. and wife, Heather Hakins of Aldie, Va.; son, Bradley and wife, Michele Hakins of Oakland, N.J.; and four grandchildren.

Donations may be made to the Nature Conservancy (specify state of Vermont); the Vermont Sports Hall of Fame (c/o Rick Milliken, 1117 Williston Rd., South Burlington, VT 05403); and Prevent Child Abuse Vermont.

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