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MICHAEL deVLAMING FLINN

Born: June 15, 1941
Died: August 1, 2015

Our classmate Michael Flinn died at home on August 1, 2015. Although he grew up in Durham, North Carolina, he divided his time between Delray Beach, Florida, and Greenwich, Connecticut. Before Yale he attended Aiken Preparatory and Hotchkiss. At Yale he roomed with Peter Madden and Michael Shaheen, both of whom pre-deceased him, and G.B. Dominick. He majored in politics and economics and graduated magna cum laude. Outside the classroom he lettered in squash and tennis, served as circulation and production manager of the Yale Daily News, and was a member of Fence Club, Cannon and Castle, and Pi Sigma Alpha (the national Political Science honors society). He received Superior Cadet and Distinguished Student awards from the A.R.O.T.C.

After earning his JD from Harvard Law he served as a Captain in Army Intelligence before beginning his law career at White and Case. After a limited partnership at Ingalls and Snyder from 1970 to 1996, he joined Spears, Benzak, Solomon and Farrell before becoming a managing director at Tocqueville Asset Management, where he was the General Partner of Blooming Grove Partners, LP.

He was elected from the 149th District to the Connecticut State House of Representatives for two terms from 1982 to 1986. He spent fifteen years on the board and as President of the Boys and Girls Club of Greenwich, and was involved in other town community service organizations.

A lifelong passion for racquet pursuits, to which he added court tennis, was marked by his successful defense of his National Court Tennis doubles title in the over-70 age category at the International Tennis Center in Newport, RI in March of 2015.

He is survived by his brother, Lawrence Flinn, Jr., his first wife, Elizabeth Tracy, and their four children, William III, Michael, Jr., Theodore and Randall; his wife, Ann, and two step children, Allison Ryan and Jonathan Hanes, as well as 12 grandchildren.

Friends and family will remember him for "his bright mind, love of art, poetry, music and travel, his fondness for being in nature, his generosity, his admonition always to be kind, his winning smile and unforgettable laugh. He lived his life fully and lovingly to the very last day."




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