Saturday, June 16, 2001


Local media
executive dies at 71


By B.J. Reyes

David Flaumm, who built a 35-year career working at various Honolulu publishing companies and radio stations, has died. He was 71.

Flaumm died Sunday at a hospice in Kailua after a long illness.

He had worked in the media ever since moving to Hawaii in 1960. His career included jobs at the Hawaii Press Newspapers, Trade Publishing and KGU Radio, where he served as general manager.

He also was well known in bridge circles throughout Hawaii. Flaumm was a Silver Life Master and member of the American Contract Bridge League.

"His passion was bridge," said Connie Wright, owner of Avatar Public Relations and a friend of Flaumm. "He was really a major figure in bridge circles here."

Aside from bridge, Wright remembers Flaumm as an avid reader who only read nonfiction books and took a particular interest in politics and foreign affairs.

"One of the things people remember about him was his wide breadth of knowledge," she said. "He had a very inquiring mind, a very good memory for detail and a very good sense of humor."

She added that Flaumm had remained in good spirits throughout his recent hospitalization.

"He never lost his zest for life," she said. "You didn't feel as though you were visiting someone who was ill."

Before coming to Hawaii, Flaumm had served in the U.S. Air Force and worked in the communications department at the University of Arizona. He was a graduate of the University of Minnesota.

He is survived by a daughter, Candace Miller of Anchorage, Alaska.

Private services will be held at a date to be announced.

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