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Dean Oliver Claussen

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Dean Oliver Claussen

Dean Oliver Claussen, was born in Seattle on May 25, 1929, and died of natural causes in Bellevue on August 18, 2017. He attended Alki Elementary, West Seattle High, and Whitman College, where he earned a BA in German, and the University of Heidelberg-Germany. He served in the US Army in Germany from 1951 to 1953.

Dean entered the US Foreign Service in 1956, and was posted in Germany, the Congo, France, Belgium, Poland and Switzerland. Upon his retirement in 1984, he continued working for the State Department as Escort/Interpreter for German politicians officially invited by the US Government, among them Joachim Gauck who later became President of Germany. He also worked as Recruiter and Examiner for the State Department.

He became the first American to earn a private pilot's license in German in 1958, and earned his US pilot license at the age of 75. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Arlette Claussen, sister Shirley Poggi, daughter Allison Joseph, and two granddaughters.
Published in The Seattle Times on Oct. 1, 2017
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