Rudolph Gastav Louis Flinker ’45

Rudolph Gastav Louis Flinker ’45 died on June 29, 2007, in Glen Rock, N.J.

Born on October 22, 1923, in Chicago, Ill., he prepared for college at Dwight Morrow High School in Englewood, N.J., and became a member of Chi Psi Fraternity at Bowdoin. He studied at Bowdoin for two and one-half years and at Bates for one year under the U.S. Navy V-12 program during World War II, serving in the U.S. Navy from June of 1943 to June of 1946 and attaining the rank of lieutenant junior grade. He received his Bowdoin degree in 1944 as a member of the Class of 1945. In 1946, he joined the Morgan Guaranty Trust Company of N.Y., now Morgan Chase, where he remained employed for 42 years, working in the trusts and investments department. He retired in 1978. He was a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Glen Rock, with which he served two terms as president of the Church Council, served as treasurer of the Council for many years, and was a member of the choir for 47 years, beginning in 1960. He was also a member of the Activities Club of Glen Rock. He was married in 1951 to Sonia Melching, who survives him, as do two sons, Rudolf Flinker of Walnut Creek, Calif., and Peter Flinker of Leeds, Mass.; two daughters, Kathe Mullally of Hull, Mass., and Lisa Curtis of Malibu, Calif.; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and two sisters, Marie Putney of Charleston, S.C., and Barbara Taylor of West Hartford, Conn.