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Colin Rankine, 1981 Westport Graduate

WESTPORT, Conn. – Former Westport resident Colin Alexander Rankine, a 1981 graduate of Staples High School, died Dec. 11. He was 47.

Husband of Dawn Sesto of Ridgefield, Rankine was born in 1963. Before his family moved to Westport in 1967, they lived in New York and Massachusetts. After graduating from Staples, Rankine went on to receive a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Duke University, where he graduated magna cum laude. He also earned a master's degree in finance and international business from New York University, where he was one of two candidates awarded recognition as a Stern Scholar for Academic Excellence.

Throughout his career, Rankine worked for 12 years with IBM in technical marketing and consulting. He also held senior management positions with GIGA Information Group and Forrester Research, where he served as vice president of the Computing Infrastructures Group. He most recently joined Pace Harmon as a senior associate specializing in complex IT outsourcing.

Outside of work, Rankin was an avid sailor and a family man. A loyal Duke graduate, he was also a big fan of the Blue Devils.

In addition to his wife of 22 years, Rankine is survived by his three children, son Alex and daughters Emily and Heather; his two sisters, Jennifer Rankine Wehmhoff of Westport and Joan Rankine Harrison of Stamford; and four nieces and nephews as well as a large, extended family.

He was predeceased by his parents, L. John and J. Elaine Rankine of Westport.

Services will take place at 11 a.m. Dec. 30 at Green's Farms Congregational Church, 71 Hillandale Road, Westport. A reception for friends will follow. Burial will be private and held at a separate time at Evergreen Cemetery in Westport.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Norwalk Hospital Foundation (mark for Cardiac Care Unit), 34 Maple St., Norwalk, CT 06856; or to Duke University, c/o Ms. Pam Hanson, Duke University Pratt School of Engineering, Box 90271, Durham, NC 27708.

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