AN OBITUARY JULY 28 ABOUT DAN DUTKO FAILED TO SAY THAT HIS MARRIAGE TO MARY L. EUBANKS ENDED IN DIVORCE AND THAT HIS SURVIVORS INCLUDE FOUR CHILDREN FROM THAT MARRIAGE, SALLY ELLIOTT OF STAFFORD, ELIZABETH MONRONEY OF ALEXANDRIA, JACK DUTKO OF FAIRFAX AND SUZANNE DUTKO OF MINERAL, VA. THE OBITUARY ALSO MISSTATED THE DATE OF HIS DEATH. HE DIED JULY 27. ALSO, THE NAME OF THE COLLEGE HE GRADUATED FROM IS ANGELO STATE UNIVERSITY.
Dan Dutko, 54, a leading Washington lobbyist and major Democratic Party fund-raiser who was a member of the Democratic National Committee, died July 25 at a hospital in Grand Junction, Colo. He lived in Chevy Chase.
Mr. Dutko was flown to St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction from Aspen, Colo., where he had received head injuries in a mountain bike accident. He was in Aspen for a fund-raiser attended by President Clinton.
A spokesman for the Colorado State Police said Mr. Dutko and two friends were riding mountain bikes when Mr. Dutko lost control of his bike and struck his head on the pavement. The spokesman also said that Mr. Dutko was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.
Upon learning of Mr. Dutko's death, President Clinton issued a statement saying, "Hillary and I are deeply saddened by the untimely death of our good friend Dan Dutko. Dan has been a friend, an ally, and an adviser for nearly three decades."
Mr. Dutko had known the Clintons since they worked together in Texas in the unsuccessful 1972 presidential campaign of Sen. George McGovern. Mr. Dutko later came to Washington and served on Capitol Hill before starting his organization, the Dutko Group, in 1980. He also became a leading fund-raiser for the Democrats in general and Clinton and Vice President Gore in particular.
He was co-chairman of Leadership 2000, the Democratic National Committee's top finance committee. His other political posts included national finance vice chairman for the 1996 Clinton-Gore reelection campaign; finance chairman of the 53rd Inaugural Ball; co-chairman of the Presidential Gala in 1995-96; and vice chairman for finance of the DNC in 1996.
He also served as vice president for business outreach in the 1996 campaign and as national finance chairman for Maryland Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend.
Mr. Dutko also had served on the DNC's financial advisory board and was director of the Democratic "Victory Fund" for the 1998 midterm elections. And in an April 1999 story, he was characterized as one of the "key players" in Gore's fund-raising team for his 2000 presidential bid.
His Dutko Group Companies Inc. includes three entities. In addition to the Dutko Group, whose clients have included oil and gas companies and telecommunications groups, there are a public policy public relations firm, the DCS Group, and a firm dealing with state government relations, Kaufman-Nelson-Pattee.
Over the years, his company's clients have included COMSAT, the Alliance for GATT, Citgo Petroleum, the American Plastics Council and the Satellite Broadcasting and Communications Association.
Mr. Dutko, a native of Streator, Ill., was a graduate of San Angelo State University in Texas. He served in the Air Force from 1962 to 1966.
Before coming to Washington, he had worked in Illinois as a missile systems test engineer and in Texas as research director of the San Angelo Communications and Electronics Co. He also had served as executive director of the West Texas Lighthouse for the Blind.
After working on the McGovern campaign, he remained active in politics. He served as district manager for Rep. Bob Krueger (D) in Texas in 1974. The following year, he came to Washington and became Krueger's chief of staff. He later joined the offices of Sen. Donald Stewart (D-Ala.), serving briefly as the senator's staff chief before starting his own business in 1980.
Mr. Dutko was a member of Temple Sinai in Washington. He had served on the boards of the U.S.-Korea Foundation, the Meridian International Center, the Partnership for National Service, the America-Israel Friendship League and George Washington University's National Council for Political Management.
Survivors include his wife, Deborah Jospin, the director of AmeriCorps, and two sons, Jonathan and Matthew, all of Chevy Chase; his mother; two sisters; and a brother.