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John Dawkins

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John Dawkins

1920 - 2015 BENNINGTON John Campbell (Jack) Dawkins, bought his first stock at age 13, and sold his last at 95, just days before he died on October 13, 2015 of complications from a stroke. He was born July 28, 1920 in Fort Worth, TX, and spent his last years in Bennington, VT. A stockbroker on Wall Street for many years, Jack prided himself in his "old school" trading habits: a mix of research, intuition, and a remarkable memory for corporate detail. He and his brother, Richard Dawkins, were founding partners of the Wall Street brokerage house, Faulkner, Dawkins and Sullivan, which grew into one of Wall Street's top research firms. In 1977, the firm was acquired by the financier Sandy Weill. A WWII veteran, Jack enlisted as a PFC and served in the Pacific at the Battle of Midway, the Doolittle Raid, and the Battle of the Coral Sea. He was serving on the U.S.S. Vincennes when it was sunk in the fiery Battle of Savo Island, and spent 24 hours in the water clinging to a piece of wreckage with shipmates. Rescued and recuperating on a small Pacific island, he celebrated by drinking some illegal hooch known as "torpedo juice," made from refining the alcohol in torpedo fuel. Jack wandered off to the beach and fell asleep in the velvety sand, sleeping through roll call the next morning. But his reprimand proved to be a stroke of luck: his commanding officer recommended he be returned to the U.S. for officer training at Yale University. Jack later returned to the Pacific theater to command a landing craft. His advice to young people? "Drink the torpedo juice and see what happens." In 1942, Jack married Jean Turbett. He graduated from Yale in 1946, and lived in Port Washington, where they raised two sons. Jack was predeceased by both sons, Bob and Bill Dawkins, and by his wife, Jean, and all four of his siblings: Thomas Dawkins, Richard B. Dawkins, Joan Dawkins Costin and Christine Dawkins Randall. Survivors include 19 fond nieces and nephews. A good and generous man with a delightful, self-deprecating sense of humor, Jack touched many people with his kindness, optimism and wit. SERVICES: There will be a memorial celebration on November 7th at 11a.m. at Maggi Randall and Rob Sperber's. Please send donations to Sunrise Family Resource Center in Bennington. Care of the Mahar and Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., Bennington, VT 05201
Published in Bennington Banner on Oct. 22, 2015
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