Dann Rogers Tucker, who in recent years was a year-round resident of East Hampton, died on Aug. 2 in Portland, Ore., of complications following heart surgery. He was 60 and had moved to Portland in June.
“Dann was an avid gardener, a doting uncle, a devoted cat owner, and a voracious reader,” remembered Ann Tucker, his sister-in-law. “He loved having visitors to his home and took a special delight in the abundant natural beauty of the area. He also had an interest in history, often checking out the offerings and events of local historical organizations.”
Mr. Tucker enjoyed a long and fruitful career in fund-raising. With the sales and marketing firm RevenueLab, which he joined upon its founding in 1997, he contracted with PBS to develop a training program to help it secure financial commitments from corporate underwriters.
As the director of client relations for Artful Travelers, a company that combines culture and current events to offer cruises with themes around art and education, Mr. Tucker helped connect PBS and NPR stations with large donors.
Dann Rogers Tucker was born on Oct. 8, 1952, in Manila to Donn Tucker and the former Sonia Rogers. Six years later, his family moved from the Philippines to Spokane, Wash., and then to Portland. He graduated from Lincoln High School in 1970 and the University of Oregon, where he was a member of the crew team, in 1975. He moved to St. Paul, Minn., where he worked in publishing, and, in the early 1980s, to New York City, where worked in corporate training and consulting. He became a part-time resident of East Hampton in the 1980s, Ms. Tucker said, and a year-round resident around 2002.
Mr. Tucker delighted in recounting the story of a traffic jam he caused on a summer afternoon, Ms. Tucker wrote, “when the decrepit Volkswagen he kept out there at the time caught fire on the way to meet friends at the train station in Amagansett. He left the car just before it burst into flames. They happened to be right in front of the fire station so the firefighters were on it in a minute. He decided that there wasn’t much he could do there, so he took off at a sprint to meet his friends at the train station, and when they got back, he always said that his car was ‘nothing but a black spot on the pavement.’ Although now that I think of it, he was probably running from the other drivers stuck on the road behind him. Anyway, he proudly displayed the clipping from The East Hampton Star on his refrigerator for years.”
Mr. Tucker is survived by a twin brother, Thomas Tucker, who lives in Portland, and two sisters, Betsy Tucker of Portland and Ginny O’Brien of Cincinnati and Charleston, S.C. Four nieces and one nephew also survive.
Mr. Tucker was cremated. A memorial service will be held at West End Collegiate Church in Manhattan on Sept. 7 at 4 p.m. Memorial services are also planned for Portland and St. Paul.
Mr. Tucker’s family has suggested memorial contributions in his name to the PBS Foundation, 2100 Crystal Drive, Third Floor, Arlington, Va. 22202; the NPR Foundation, Dept. 6054, Washington, D.C. 20042-6054; the Nature Conservancy at nature.org, or the Columbia Humane Society at columbiahumane.com.