Obituary: Flavian Zeugin, 86
Flavian Zeugin, 86, passed into eternal rest Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 at Waterbury Hospital, Waterbury, CT. He was the husband of the late Dora Zeugin (Ullmann).
Flavian, the oldest of five, was born March 3, 1927 in Grellingen, Switzerland, son of the late Arnold and Maria (Koller) Zeugin. He and his wife lived in Wayne, New Jersey for over 50 years and also had homes on Marco Island, Florida and in Wilmington, New York. After Dora’s passing in 2011, he resided with his daughter and family in Southbury, CT.
Zeugin had a distinquished career of 44 years as an international banker. He joined Swiss Bank Corporation in 1947 in Basel, Switzerland and remained with them his entire career. Four years later, he transferred to SBC New York where he also eventually met his future bride on a blind date. During the years, his professional interests led him through many different areas of the Bank, where he held a wide range of prestigious positions with SBC and in the foreign banking community. Through continuing higher education he graduated, in 1961, valedictorian of his class at The American Institute of Banking. Shortly thereafter, Flavian succeeded in joining the Institute of Foreign Banks, than a small fraternity-like organization of the foremost foreign bankers in the city, which became the Institute of International Bankers. In the early 70s he was promoted to the rank of First Vice President, the only one in the organization. He was elected by the foreign banks participating in the Clearing House Interbank Payment Systems (CHIPS) to act as their representative.
In 1985 he was overwhelmingly elected to and later confirmed by then Governor Andrew Cuomo to the New York State Banking Board as the first foreign banker representing that peer group in this governmental regulatory body. This marked the first time in the 53-year history of the banking board that a representative from a foreign bank had been elected. This was his first of what would become two terms. He also had tenure on an advisory board to the Federal Reserve and among other things he was a frequently sought after speaker on issues of international banking and payment risk management as well as enjoyed being an active member of the New York Rotary and Downtown Athletic Club. During the years, his professional interests led him through many areas of banking, only to make him one of the true “all-around bankers” in a day of increasing specialization in the financial industry.
Always a great lover of the outdoors, especially of fishing & gardening and later hiking, downhill & water skiing and hunting, Flavian passed these passions on to his children and grandchildren. He often said he would have really liked to have become an Engineer or Surgeon since he loved working with his handing, fixing everything from machinery to fine jewelry. Flavian was a man of faith and his greatest gift was his love for his beloved wife Dora and also that of his children and grandchildren.
Flavian is survived by; his son Michael, wife Kathy and their daughter Cassandra of Highland Lakes, NY, his daughter Dorothy Radlicz, her husband Chris and their sons Andrew & Christopher of Southbury, CT, his brothers Gabriel and Arnold, his brother-in-law Tobias Ullmann all residing in Switzerland. His sister Monica and brother Bernhard predeceased him.
A memorial mass for Flavian was held at St. Rose of Lima R.C Church on Saturday Jan. 11 in Newtown, CT. Prayers & masses for the repose of Flavian’s soul are welcomed.