MICHAEL BAKWIN

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BAKWIN--Michael. 1934-2018. Michael Bakwin, businessman, philanthropist, avid fly fisherman, passionate gardener, and intrepid traveler, died on Monday, December 3, 2018, in Suffolk, VA, from natural causes. Born and raised in New York City, Mike was educated at Allen- Stevenson School, The Gunnery School, Cornell University and Hobart College, graduating in 1955 with a B.A in Hotel Management & Administration and Art History. He maintained homes in Ossining, NY, and Suffolk, VA. Mike had a long career in the hospitality business, working in and for restaurants, resorts and hotels such as Avaloch, The Golden Ox, and The Waldorf Astoria. He had served as Chairman of the National Stockyards Company. After his retirement, Mike focused his considerable energy and talents on his family and on his passions, including fly fishing and horticulture. Over the years he served as an insightful advisor or board member for a number of nonprofits, including Teatown, and Untermyer Gardens Conservancy. He was a generous supporter of numerous organizations, including Phelps Memorial Hospital, the New York Botanical Garden, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and the American Museum of Fly Fishing. He served on the boards of the Chrysler Museum of Art and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Mike's parents, Drs. Ruth Morris and Harry Bakwin, were not only prominent professors of pediatrics at New York University Medical School but also early collectors of modern art, and Mike shared their love for it. Mike was also a sophisticated horticulturalist and created and maintained an extraordinary garden at his home in Ossining, NY. The garden, known for its refined natural beauty, perennials, mosses, oriental-style planting, rock gardens, woodland areas, vegetables, meadow, and lake-shore features including native plants, was showcased to friends every summer at his annual Croquet Party. Mike is survived by three children from his first marriage to Betsy Brownell: Christopher Bakwin, Peter Bakwin, and Elizabeth Johnson, and by three of his step-children from his second marriage to Doris Jean Winchester: Jean Bakwin, Lisa Lindgren and Patty Morgan. His stepson, James Polk predeceased him. He is also survived by his last remaining sibling: Barbara Bakwin Rosenthal. His sister, Patricia Bakwin Selch, and his brother, Edward Morris (Pete) Bakwin, both predeceased him. Mike's many grandchildren, great-grand- children and nieces and nephews, and many friends, as well as his dear cat, Phoebe, will miss him dearly.

Published in The New York Times on Jan. 13, 2019
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