DEAN Colonel GERNARD D. DEAN, U.S. ARMY (Ret.) Colonel Gernard D. Dean (U.S. Army, Ret.) of Shrewsbury, N.J. passed peacefully on Saturday, December 15, 2012. He was 93 years old, and was a 40-year resident of Shrewsbury, NJ. COL Dean was born February 7, 1919, on his family's farm near Glen Elder, KS. He was taught in a one-room rural school house, and later attended Athens Central High School. He attended Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kansas, and soon transferred to the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, where he earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering. He also attended the University of California, Los Angeles
and earned a M.A. in Meteorology in 1948. He embarked on a long and distinguished military career at Camp Davis, NC in 1943. His career included service in the Second World War, Korea and Vietnam. He served assignments at Camp Zama, Japan, and in Mannheim and Heidelberg, Germany and many stateside military posts, including Fort Mason, CA, Sandia Base, NM, Fort Huachuca, AZ, Fort Leavenworth, KS, the Pentagon, and five tours of duty at Fort Monmouth, NJ. Among his many achievements during his military service, COL Dean served alongside scientists working to reverse-engineer German wartime rocket technology at Sandia Base, NM. He was also Project Manager of the Army's AN/TPQ 36 Firefinder radar program at Fort Monmouth. The technology developed in this program is credited with saving many American lives in conflicts from Vietnam to the present day. He retired from military service in 1973 as Commandant of the U.S. Army Signal School. After leaving the military, COL Dean worked for CE-Lummus Corporation to supply manpower for major petrochemical refineries around the world, including facilities throughout the Middle East, and the Trans-Alaskan Pipeline. In his retirement, he was active with civic service organizations including the Shrewsbury First Aid Squad and the Monmouth County NJ Retired Officers Association. COL Dean was predeceased by his parents, Daniel and Edith Dean, his brothers Clifford and Lloyd, his sisters Clara and Merle, all of Glen Elder, Kansas, and by his daughter Mary Buckley and her husband Matthew Buckley, Virginia Beach, VA. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Doris Dean, Shrewsbury, NJ, his daughter Nancy Boone and her husband Stephen Boone, Havre de Grace, MD, his son Daniel and his wife Monica, Darnestown, MD and his daughter Martha Johnson and her husband Kirk Johnson, Asheville, NC, and his treasured grandchildren Edward Buckley, Thomas Buckley, Matthew Buckley, William Buckley, Margaret Dean and Julia Johnson. A funeral service with full military honors will be held at Arlington National Cemetery on Wednesday, July 17. Friends and family are invited to gather for a funeral Mass at 12:45 p.m. in the Memorial Chapel, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall (Ft. Myer), which will be followed by a graveside service. Instructions for entry to Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall may be found at http://www.arlingtoncemetery.mil/docs/AccessControl_ANC_JBM.pdf
">www.arlingtoncemetery.mil/docs/AccessControl_ANC_JBM.pdf. A reception will follow in the Abrams Room, Ft. Myer Officers Club.A funeral service with full military honors will be held at Arlington National Cemetery on Wednesday, July 17. Friends and family are invited to gather for a funeral Mass at 12:45 p.m. in the Memorial Chapel, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall (Ft. Myer), which will be followed by a graveside service. Instructions for entry to Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall may be found at http://www.arlingtoncemetery.mil/docs/AccessControl_ANC_JBM.pdf
. A reception will follow in the Abrams Room, Ft. Myer Officers Club.