Merrill A. Yavinsky ’65

Merrill A. Yavinsky ’65

Merrill A. Yavinsky grew up just a few blocks from the Trinity campus on Newbury Street in Hartford. While completing his degree in economics at Trinity, he became a Bantam football standout and was captain of his squad. Following his graduation in 1965, he began his professional career at the Connecticut General Insurance Group (now CIGNA) before relocating to Washington, D.C. in 1974 and joining the real estate investment firm of Walker and Dunlop, from which he retired as executive vice chairman in 2008.

Merrill has been involved in the creation of four endowed funds at Trinity. In addition to his own Merrill A. Yavinsky ’65 Scholarship Fund, which he established in 1999 and permanently endowed in 2007, Merrill is also a donor to the Merrill A. Yavinsky ’65 Fund for Football, the Robert N. Hunter ’52 Scholarship Fund (which supports the Class of 1952 Goralski Scholar), and the Class of 1965 President James F. Jones, Jr. Scholarship Fund. He has also served two terms on Trinity’s Board of Fellows and is the 2010 recipient of the Gary McQuaid Award.