Dennis G. Haack
Friday 21st of January 1944 - Thursday 3rd of June 2021
Dennis Haack was born in Geneseo, IL, on January 21, 1944. He received his Bachelor’s (1966) and Master’s (1968) degrees in Mathematics at Illinois State University and completed his doctorate in Statistics at the University of Iowa in 1971. He accepted a position on the statistics faculty at the University of Kentucky in 1971 where he remained until 1981. During that time, he also served on the research staff at the Tobacco and Health Research Institute and was an Adjunct Professor in the Neurosurgery Department at the UK Medical Center.
In 1981, Dr. Haack left UK to start a contract research organization (CRO), Statistical Consultants, Inc. (SCI) which provided data management, biostatics and computer software services to the international pharmaceutical industry. In 1991, SCI merged with ClinTrials, which was the first CRO to go public in 1993. Dr. Haack left ClinTrials in 1995 and has served as a private consultant for numerous clients.
Dr. Haack’s passions, besides his beloved family, were art, which he collected with his wife, Geri, wine collecting, and traveling.
Dr. Haack served on the board of the Lexington Philharmonic and headed the PTA at both Maxwell Elementary and the St. Peter Claver Montessori Pre-School. He was head of the University of Kentucky Art Museum Advisory Board and was an active member of the UK Collectors’ Group.
Dr. Haack was predeceased by his wife, Geri (Clancy) Haack who died in 2018 after nearly 52 years of marriage. He is survived by his daughter, Mary Clancy Peak (Kevin) in Atlanta with grandchildren Caroline and Jack, and son Daniel Haack (Merredith Portsmore) in Chelmsford, MA, with grandchildren Austin and Connor. He is also survived by his twin brother Dean Haack. He was predeceased by his sisters Gail Watrous and Betty Bolton.
A private family burial will take place later this year. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Holt International (holtinternational.org) or Camp Sunshine (mycampsunshine.com).
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Dear Mary Clancy and Dan, I was sorry to learn of your dad's death from my Lexington family. His founding and leadership at SCI/CTR had a strong ripple effect on my career path for many years. I'm grateful to have known him, and I'm certain that you and your families provided him immeasurable joy. Wishing peace for you all.
Enjoyed you through school with your brother love sports together, and knew most of your family while you lived in Geneseo love seeing you at the reunions.
Our condolences to the Haack family from the Scouts and Leaders of Cub Scout Pack 45 in Chelmsford, Ma, where son , Dan, is Cubmaster and grandsons, Connor and Austin have been Scouts.
Dr. Haack and his passionate support for the UK Art Museum is fondly remembered in the College of Fine Arts. As the current Dean, I am not certain if our path cross during my four years here, but I know that his legacy of leadership and service from days gone bye continues to have impact.
Dear Mary Clancy & Dan- Dennis & Geri were dear friends. Sally & I have many fond memories of dining , UK art events, and sharing our stories. Dennis & I did UK sports together- wine filled tailgating before football & greasy cheeseburgers before basketball. We had many laughs, with ribbing each other always part of the friendship we enjoyed. After Geri passed, our time together expanded to more dining together. We had lunch together the Tuesday before he died, and he was excited to tell me about his new apartment in Atlanta. He also was regaling me with his recent travels to Morocco , and his upcoming planned travels. (I was always secretly envious of the travels he (and Geri) enjoyed so much.) He/they lived a full, successful life, and I am enriched for having been a friend. God bless you both.
I worked with Dennis at Statistical Consultants. I will always appreciate working with him. RIP Dennis.