Allin Winston Dakin was born on June 2, 1905, in Mason City, Iowa. He attended Mason City High School and received a B.A. in 1926 and a M.A. in 1927 from the University of Iowa, where he was President of the student government of the College of Liberal Arts in 1926. In 1931, he earned a M.B.A. from Harvard University's business school, and in 1961 awarded a doctorate of laws by Westmar College. From 1944 to 1953, Dakin was an administrative dean and the assistant to the President of the University of Iowa. He was an administrative dean, working with finances, from 1953 until his retirement from the University of Iowa.
Active in community and service organizations, Allin Dakin was twice a director of Iowa City's Chamber of Commerce (1949 -- 1951 and 1958 -- 1961). He was also a past chairman of the Iowa City Airport Commission. Allin Dakin was chairman of every position involving Rotary International. He was a 32nd degree Mason and a member of the National Council of Boy Scouts of America. At the age of 87, Mr. Dakin died in Coralville, Iowa, on September 17, 1992.