Dean Westerdahl will be long remembered and cherished by the Rensselaer community for his support of the students of Rensselaer. Carl was a steadfast advocate to our local chapter of Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity at RPI. Over several semesters in 1980 and 1981 I was privileged to serve as Service VP and President of the chapter, and I worked closely with him in his role as head of the chapter's advisory committee. In the days before "service" was all the rage, he dedicated significant time and interest to advance the work of the chapter to do service to both the students and the community at large, for organizations such as Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Big Brother Big Sister, and many more. Perhaps his most famous "role" was as the "Mean Dean", a self-appointed tonge-in-cheek moniker he adopted during his "candidacy" for "Meanest Man on Campus", a light-hearted fund raiser for charity where students voted with donations. His often made "unexpected" short and humorous drop-in appearances at various large lecture halls during classes to campaign for votes, providing a clear message to the students of his call to action. My wife and I (both alums) were on campus last weekend for accepted students day and we talked about "the Mean Dean" with students without even realizing of his untimely passing. His legacy will never die. He will, however, be greatly missed.