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Dr. Dean A. Dessem (66) passed away after a courageous battle with cancer on June 2, 2020 in Pikesville, Maryland. He is survived by his mother (Jane B. Dessem), his siblings (Larry Dessem, Mark Dessem and Carol Dessem Boyd) and longtime companion (Lisa Phillips). Dean was predeceased by his father (Ralph E. Dessem). Dr. Dessem was a professor of neuroscience at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry for the past 30 years. A memorial service will be held at a future date. Contributions in Dean's memory may be made to the Sarcoma Foundation of America at https://www.curesarcoma.org/dean-dessem/ or the ASPC at secure.aspca.org/donate/memorial.

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Published in Baltimore Sun on Jun. 7, 2020.
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July 13, 2020
My friendship with Dean dates back to Labor Day weekend 1972 when we met as freshman at Tulane. We shared many good times in New Orleans, including many (but never-enough) rounds of golf. Although our busy post-college lives meant that we would go long stretches without seeing each other, our reunions simply picked up where the prior one ended, full of laughter, sharing and love. Such is the blessing of lasting friendships. And, we shall never forget our time together and how wonderful it felt. Dean was one of the "good guys" in life. We were enriched by his presence. Rest easy and in peace, our friend.
Jeff & Colleen Quinn
Friend
July 12, 2020
Dean was a dear friend and his death was very difficult for many of
his good buddies who attended Tulane University, our alma mater.

One of my fondest early memories of Dean was sharing our stories of growing up as preachers' kids and attending Sunday church services together in New Orleans. And one of my favorite recent memories of Dean, as a fellow dog-lover, was watching him patiently and lovingly train his canine companions.

I am not sure at all how to sum up his life, save to say, the world is a much sadder place without his kindness and his laughter. We all loved him dearly. We will all miss him terribly.

Mark McLeod
Mark McLeod
Friend
July 11, 2020
My husband and I are saddened to learn of Deans passing. Our friendship with Dean began freshman year at Tulane, and we count ourselves blessed to have continued as friends through all these years. His laughter, kindness, and gentle heart will always be remembered. Rest in peace, Steamer.

To Deans family and friends, please accept our condolences. May you find comfort in Gods infinite grace.
Susan and Bruce Thomas
Friend
July 11, 2020
I am stunned and saddened to learn of Deans passing. I was in college with Dean at Tulane and he was among my closest friends then and thereafter. He was at my daughters weddings in 2014, and I saw him at another college friends daughters wedding about two years ago. Reading the tributes, it is clear Dean never changed. He was fun, kind, generous, unassuming, diligent and intelligent. Based on our discussions, he loved his job, students and colleagues. And, his dogs fit in somewhere among the upper tiers of people and things that were dear to him. Even within the more recent years as he fought his cancer, we never once spoke when we did not laugh so hard we both cried. Dean, you will be missed.

Brian
Brian Corgan
Classmate
July 11, 2020
Dean was one of the nicest people I ever met. He had a great smile and a great laugh. I met him in New Orleans and was lucky enough to see him every now and then over the years -- but definitely not often enough. My prayers to his family. We lost a really good person.
Mary Beth Corgan
Friend
June 15, 2020
Dean was my best mentor, colleague and a good friend. I was fortunate enough to work with and learn from Dean for ten years, the most productive years in my scientific career. He is kind, understanding and helpful. Thank you Dean for imparting the knowledge and skills in me for continued success in my career. Missing you a lot. May your soul rest in peace.
Ranjini Ambalavanar
Coworker
June 11, 2020
Dean was a great colleague. It was a shocking news. My hearty condolences to Dean's family. May he rest in peace!
Meena Chellaiah
Coworker
June 10, 2020
I feel very sad Losing Dean. Dean was the most generous person I ever worked with. I still have many gifts from Dean Dessem. Our prayer to him and his family. I will always remember his nice smile and generosity and his support to me and my family during my first pregnancy. Dean "Rest In Peace". I could not stop crying!!!
Aicha Moutanni
Coworker
June 10, 2020
Dean always was very kind and fun. He was one of the few people who did great work in jaw reflexes and masticatory muscles. I came across to his work while I was working on my thesis in mandibular reflexes to get the DDS degree back in the late 90's. His 2000's paper when he describes the presence of CGRP in masticatory muscle afferent neurons has been a strong support to our own work.
He will be missed very much.
Marcela
Coworker
June 10, 2020
Aicha Moutanni
Coworker
June 5, 2020
I had the honor and pleasure of teaching, collaborating, and learning with Dean until my retirement (over 20 years). We had many common interests. He made many solid contributions to his area of research and trained generations of clinical and research health care professionals. He will be missed.
Norman Capra
Friend
June 5, 2020
Dean was my friend and colleague for 30 years. He will live on in the hearts and minds of those he loved, and those who loved him. I will never forget his kindness, gentleness and dedication. May he rest in peace.
Here is part of the Peace Prayer of Saint Francis:
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
To be understood as to understand;
and to be loved as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Norbert Myslinski
Coworker
June 4, 2020
I loved having Dean as an agility student, an agility assistant, then a fellow instructor as well as someone I could hang around with at trials knowing there was always good conversation to be had both on general topics and on our shared love of the nuances of great agility competition and training. We will all miss Dean at both Oriole and Branchwater very much.
Janet Gauntt
Friend
June 4, 2020
Dean and I met when we were in Susan Heckleman's Performance Puppy Class at Dogstar. He had his BC, Sakoni and I had my Doberman, Trouble. As our dogs grew up and began competing we often saw each other at agility trials, seminars, camps and at Oriole Dog Training Club. He was a kind and gracious gentleman who loved his dogs. He will be missed!
Barbara Novak
Friend
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