Gregory Dean
1946 - 2018
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Gregory Dean Gregory Dean of Overland Park KS died September 11, 2018 having succumbed to complications of Lewy Body Dementia diagnosed in 2014. He is survived by his devoted wife of 50 years, Vicki, his sons Christopher (SiewMing) and Adam (Kelly, grandchildren Shelby and Kelsey); sister Glenna (Tim Seaman), brother Walter (Leslie, children Travis and Savannah); and sister-in-law Judy Clark (Fred and children Deanna [Ken], Donna, and Mike [Chris]). Greg was born August 9, 1946 in St. Louis MO to Bob and Jeanne Dean. Greg grew up in in Wichita KS but moved to Austin TX during high school. At age 16, Greg built a radio transmitter largely from scratch, attained his FCC first-class amateur radio license, and his private pilot certificate. He graduated from McCallum High School in 1964. In 1965, he worked at KNOW radio in Austin while attending the University of Texas. Greg moved back to Wichita where he was on-air talent at KLEO ('Phil Harmonic') and KEYN ('The Dean of Music'). Greg married Vicki Bowdish in 1968 and envisioned radio-station ownership as the best financial fit for his family. He planned to leverage one business after another to accumulate the necessary capital. Dunkin' Donuts was his first step, eventually totaling 5 stores in the KC area for which Greg utilized a Wang 2200 computer to create accounting software. Greg and Vicki started Computer Concepts Corporation (CCC) from the basement of their home in 1974 after realizing his software could be adapted into a turnkey broadcast-scheduling system to revolutionize radio-station operations. Greg's new software was warmly received. In response, he diversified CCC's offerings into a sophisticated portfolio of applications that made it an industry leader. Growing CCC to 110 employees and clients spanning five continents occupied Greg's waking hours for the rest of his life. Greg became an employee again after Google purchased CCC in 2006, then sold it to Wide Orbit Technologies in 2009. He retired in 2013 as Lewy Body Dementia began to rob his mind of its agility and intense focus. Greg revolutionized radio-station operations worldwide through electronic innovations, visionary software, and musical knowledge. Greg was as driven, direct, and passionate about his commitments in business as he was devoted and compassionate as a husband, father, and grandfather. Integrity was his watchword. A memorial will be held on September 19, 2018 at Church of the Resurrection Wesley Chapel, at 13720 Roe Avenue, Leawood KS. The 10 AM visitation is followed by the service at 11 AM. The family thanks Silvercrest at College View's wonderful staff. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Kansas City Hospice House ( https://www.kchospice.org/hospice-house/ ) or 'Jeanne's Place' via the Care Haven Foundation, 3848 W. 75 th St., Prairie Village KS.


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Published in Kansas City Star from Sep. 16 to Sep. 17, 2018.
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September 11, 2019
Today, on this first anniversary of Greg's death, I am thinking back on what a wonderful man he was to know and work with. I've never worked for a more kind and generous man. My deepest thoughts and prayers are with Vicki and the family today. Let's all hang on to the good memories.
Lee Reisinger
Coworker
April 11, 2019
Time reveals things about people. Time revealed this man was hard working, intelligent, thoughtful and a great commnicator. The world needs more Greg Deans. My condolences to his family and many, many collegues and friends.
Dan Kelleher
November 6, 2018
It was such a pleasure to work with Greg at the Forum. I'm so sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful person I'm so glad I got to know.
Christy Hiestand
September 24, 2018
God bless Vicky. I am so sorry for your loss.
Dave Scott
September 24, 2018
Phillip Lenz
September 21, 2018
Having worked with Greg during the 90's on various projects I can say he was a remarkable man. A real pioneer. Extremely knowledgeable and still approachable. He will be missed by all those who remember him here in Australia.

Greg Altena
September 19, 2018
Greg was one of the good ones. I was happy to be called his friend.

So sorry to hear about his passing.

We will always remember him.

Gary and Sherrie Dick
Gary Dick
September 17, 2018
Vicki, Bless you and your family at this incredibly sad time. Even when we live this journey, it still does not seem real to us. Jeanne's support group was such an awesome place to air our fears. I'm glad Bob & I got to know you & Greg. I'm still struggling daily as all of us have. May God watch over us and our loved ones. I'm sure heaven has a special place for Alzheimer patients.
Bev Cooke
September 17, 2018
I met Greg Dean under stressful circumstances. I had just purchased a new broadcast computer from him, the first of its kind, which did not operate as expected. When I reported the trouble to Computer Concepts I was soon introduced to Greg and communicated with him directly from then on. He was so focused on the trouble that he gave me his home phone number. He stayed with this until a solution was found. I know he spent many hours/days in his back office diligently working on my particular issue. Later I was invited to come to CCC to work with Greg. I'm extremely grateful for the eight years I spent at Computer Concepts and I always had the highest respect for him. I often think of Greg, Vikki, and the entire staff with love and a big smile. Please accept my sincere prayers that Greg's family can be comforted and find peace both now and in the future.

"Well done, good and faithful servant" - Matthew 25:21
Leon "Lee" Reisinger
September 17, 2018
Greg is the second face from the left, Glenna is the 3rd from the left on the front row.
My family moved to Wichita in 1956. Greg was one of the first friends that I make on our block on 9th Street. I recall that he introduced me to the concept and the workings of the very first computers. The kids in our neighborhood had lots of fun as you can see from the black and white photo that I have included. I remember Greg, Glenna and their parents fondly.

Steve Manor
worldwidepilot@msn.com
Steve Manor
September 17, 2018
I will forever be grateful to Greg for his vision and leadership. He was complicated, intense at times, brilliant all the time, and a wonderful, wonderful man. My heart goes out to the entire family as you celebrate his incredible life.
Dave Alexander
September 17, 2018
I am truly sorry for your loss of Greg. May the peace of God be with your family during this most difficult time.
2 Corith. 1:3,4
A. W.
September 16, 2018
We are so sorry for your loss. We have missed you at the 5:00 COR worship services for some time. Our prayers are with your family during this time of loss.
Ernie and Carol Brandt
Carol Brandt
September 16, 2018
May mercy, peace and love be increased to family and friends during this sad and difficult time. Sincere sympathy. Jude 2
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