Dad: My #1 Hero

My father, Mike Davin, will always be my #1 hero and role model.

A “destroyer man” during the Korean conflict, he led the rough and tumble First Division or “deck hands” on board the USS Turner. He met LTJG Ruth Burns at Naval Station Newport RI while teaching gunnery at the Officer Candidate School. Over the course of a year, they became engaged, left the Navy, married, moved to the New York City area and had me, the first of 3 children. Dad worked in trade magazine publishing, first in sales and later executive leadership. He loved people and making deals. Some of his stories about New York “3 martini lunches” followed by “4 martini dinners” could have been straight from a Mad Men script.

Dad had a way of finding the best in everyone he met, even in people he didn't like. He was a giver with a relentlessly positive spirit. Anyone who believes in the notion “nice guys finish last" never met Mike Davin.

Dad had a way of finding the best in everyone he met, even in people he didn’t like. He was a giver with a relentlessly positive spirit. Anyone who believes in the notion “nice guys finish last” never met Mike Davin.

Categorized in News Posted June 06, 2016