John Haines Society

The Haines Society
John Lyman Haines, Jr., was the first Dolphin Scholar, selected in 1961 when the Dolphin Scholarship Foundation was established.

The $350 dollar investment was an excellent one for both the Foundation and John Haines. He was the First Honor Graduate (Valedictorian) of the Class of 1963 at The Citadel in Charleston, SC. He graduated from the University of Virginia Law School in 1966 and passed the Virginia bar exam later that year. He entered the U.S. Army as a First Lieutenant in January 1967, and, after training at infantry and intelligence schools, was assigned to Panama. After promotion to Captain he served as Adjutant of the 470th Military Intelligence Group, USARSO, and was honorably discharged in January 1969. He remained in Panama, where his civil service career spanned 31 years.
Haines married the former Esther Maria Ortega in February 1969, and they have five grown children and nine grandchildren.

Mr. Haines served a long and very distinguished career with both the Panama Canal Company and then the Panama Canal Commission from February 1969 through December 1999. He began his career as a General Attorney, was promoted to Deputy General Counsel in 1976 and, in 1983, was appointed General Counsel. Mr. Haines was instrumental in drafting U.S. statutes implementing the Panama Canal Treaty of 1977; subsequently, he assisted Panama in developing its own legislation to govern that country's operation of the waterway which began on December 31, 1999.
John Haines is an accomplished, self-taught artist. His paintings have been sold and exhibited in Panama and the United States. His work may be viewed on the web at

Created in 2008, The Haines Society was named to honor John Lyman Haines, Jr.  Every Dolphin Scholar - past or present - is invited to join The Haines Society, and is eligible for membership by donating to the Foundation. There is a minimum donation of $50 required for membership.

For a list of Members of The Haines Society, click here.
Membership benefits in The Haines Society include:
-   Special recognition in all DSF publications
-   Invitations to DSF special events such as Scholar receptions and the annual golf tournament
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