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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 Sept. 16 to Sept. 17, 2018
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