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Gerald Dean M.D.

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Gerald Dean M.D. Obituary
Gerald S. Dean, M.D. (Jerry) of Lake Forest, Illinois, formerly of Highland Park, Illinois passed away on Saturday, November 23, 2013. Dr. Dean, 92, was born in 1921 in Spokane, Washington, the son of the late Roy G. and Winzie Dean (Dahleen). His birth mother died when he was 3 years old. The Lord wonderfully blessed him at the age of 5 years with the marriage of his late father and the late Sophie Olson Dean. She became his instant mother. This wonderful and amazing woman, a graduate nurse, raised him as her own son. She was a major guide and inspiration during all of his formative years and inspired him to become a physician. Dr. Dean received his B.S. degree from Whitworth College, Spokane, Washington followed by his M.D. degree from Northwestern University School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois, class of 1947. He served an internship followed by an early residency in pathology at the St. Luke's Hospital, Chicago. After 2 years of active military service, which included a tour of duty as a surgical pathologist at Percy Jones General Hospital, Battle Creek, Michigan, he returned to Passavant Memorial Hospital to complete his residency in anatomical and clinical pathology. While attending medical school, Jerry met Patricia Goller of Chicago and they were married July 1, 1944 Thus began a wonderful life together which has endured for almost 70 years. In 1952, Dr. Dean had the privilege to become the first full-time pathologist and Director of Laboratories at the Lake Forest and Highland Park Hospitals. This association lasted his entire 38 years of medical practice. The hospital's remarkable growth is reflected in the laboratory professional association of eight Pathologists at the time of Dr. Dean's retirement. Dr. Dean had the privilege of being Chief of Staff at Highland Park Hospital for three years. In addition, he served as Coroner's Pathologist for Lake and McHenry Counties over a period of 20 years, Consulting Pathologist for the Lake County Tuberculosis Sanitarium, and North Chicago Veterans Administration Hospital. His numerous professional societies include College of American Pathologists, American Society of Clinical Pathologists, Past President of Illinois Society of Pathologists, Founding Fellow and Past President of the Association of Clinical Scientists, Institute of Medicine of Chicago, Chicago Pathological Society, and American Medical Association. He served on numerous committees that focused primarily on continuous education and development for the professional-at-large. Dr. Dean's academic appointments in the Department of Pathology, Northwestern University School of Medicine, ranged from Instructor to Assistant Professor of Pathology over a period of 25 years. His military service in the Army Medical Corps included various ranks from 1942 to 1950. Dr. Dean was a member of the Highland Park Presbyterian Church for over 60 years, which included being an Elder for multiple terms. His last memorable service included fund raising for and selection of a Rogers Ruffatti Pipe Organ for the church, a much needed worship instrument. Dr. Dean was a 58 year member of the Highland Park Rotary Club and a Past President. Dr. Dean is survived by Patricia Goller Dean, a most faithful and loving wife of almost 70 years, and his beloved daughters Julie E. Dean (Thomas Wheatley) of Northbrook, Illinois, and Leslie P. Dean, M.D. (Donald Hopwood) of Anchorage, Alaska, a brother, Elmer R. Dean (Betty) of Spokane, Washington, and a sister, Elizabeth Carol Waggener (Thomas) of Edmonds, Washington, and numerous wonderful nieces and nephews predominantly in the State of Washington. Visitation at Highland Park Presbyterian Church, 330 Laurel Avenue, Highland Park, IL from 10:30 a.m. until the 11 a.m. memorial service on Wednesday, December 11, 2013. A luncheon reception will follow at 1 p.m. at Lake Forest Place, 1100 Pembridge Drive, Lake Forest, IL. A private family interment was previously held at Lake Forest Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Pipe Organ Maintenance Fund of the Highland Park Presbyterian, 330 Laurel Avenue, Highland Park, IL 60035. Info - Wenban Funeral Home, Lake Forest, 847-234-0022 or www.wenbanfh.com.
Published in Chicago Tribune on Dec. 1, 2013
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