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Atlee Dean Beckerdite, born Larned, Kansas, 1/9/1926 died 12/28/2011. He attended Macksville, Kansas Grade School and High School - graduating with the class of 44. He was in the U.S. Army Air Force from January 44 until May 46 where he was a B-17 Tail Gunner with the 306th Bomb Group, 423rd Bob Squadron stationed at Thurleigh, England; Istress, France and Weisbaden, Germany. He flew 18 combat missions and reached the rank of T/Sgt. Dean married the former Arlene Ellyson in August 1946 and they raised two children, Beverly Dell Dracos, Houston, Texas and Jay Lee Beckerdite, deceased (1988). He attended the Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado and the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Socorro, New Mexico. He graduated from NMIM&T in 1950 with a B.S. Degree in Geology. His career in natural resource economics and management is well known throughout the industry. He and Arlene pursued a career path that took them to Bismarck, North Dakota; Borger, Texas; St Albans, West Virginia; Denver Colorado; Glenview, Illinois; Menlo Park, California; Houston, Texas; San Antonio, Texas; and Clearwater, Florida. In addition, Dean's work included assignments throughout Europe, Australia, Africa, and both North & South America. Prior to 1979 Dean worked for several companies including Stanford Research where he was Director of Mining, Minerals& Materials Economics, Tesoro Petroleum where he was a V.P. and President of their mineral producing subsidiaries. In 1979 Dean and Arlene formed their own mine management consulting company, ADB, Inc., which they operated and managed until his retirement in 1997. Their clients included "Big Eight" accounting firms, major utilities, investment bankers and other less specialized management consulting firms. He was the author of numerous published articles and professional papers related to mineral resources economics and management. Dean was a member of the AIME and VFW. He is survived by his loving wife. Arlene Beckerdite, daughter Beverly Dracos and husband Steve, granddaughter: Ellen Lesch, grandsons: Thomas Dracos and wife Jennifer, Marcus Dracos and wife Melisa, sister: Arlene Waite along with 4 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. Friday , January 6, 2012 in the chapel of Klein Funeral Home. For those wishing donations could be made to the Parkinson's Foundation.

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Published in Houston Chronicle on Dec. 31, 2011
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