Obituary: Herbert Travis Dike, 91, of Trumbull

Herbert Travis Dike passed away on February 21, 2014 in Trumbull, Ct, at the age of 91.

Born on July 1, 1922 in New York City to Herbert Valentine Dike and Alexandria MacAdam Dike, he was the last of the 5 siblings both in life and in death; Jessie, Helen, Valentine and Donald; and the last of the generation who knew Lake Moreau, NY as a family summer home in the 1920’s.

Herb attended Trinity Preparatory School in NYC before attending Columbia College, Class of 1944. He interrupted his studies to volunteer for the US Navy and served as an officer aboard the destroyer, USS Gainard. He fought at Okinawa and was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal before returning to graduate from Columbia College and Columbia School of Law in 1948.

Mr. Dike was employed by GE as a division General Counsel before retiring in 1987 after more than 30 years of service. After his retirement, he was regional manager for the United Way and mentored young students in Bridgeport, CT.

Mr. Dike was an ardent supporter of the arts, including the symphony, opera, ballet and theater. An avid learner, he appreciated serious discussion and debate, enjoyed the adult education series at Fairfield University and studied religion, history and politics. He was an accomplished duplicate bridge player.  He combined his sense of adventure with his love of family by traveling extensively with them; trekking the Amazon, white water rafting in Maine, Idaho and Colorado, art museums in Europe and walking the Great Wall in China, among his many travels.

His spirit, vision, devotion and determination will always be remembered and serve as an inspiration to us.

Mr. Dike is survived by his longtime partner, Dorothea Brueggemann, his former wife, Mary Jane (Brandhorst) Dike, his son Alec Dike, his wife, Siobhan Flynn and children Cameron and Jenna of Wilmette, IL; his daughter Laura Dike, her husband, Vaughn Miller and daughter Jessie of Winchester, MA and his son, Herb “Cliff” Dike of Methuen, MA.

There will be a private ceremony for the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in his memory may be made to Trinity School, NYC, NY Trinity Fund or a charity of your choice.

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