GLADFELTER--L. Dean, retired Head of the New York Times National News copy desk died peacefully of natural causes on December 22, 2011 at 84 after years of battling dementia. Formerly of Westfield, NJ, Dean is survived by Patricia, his wife of 60 years, and their daughter, Mary. Dean devoted nearly three decades to ensuring the Times readers received top quality national news. He tirelessly covered Watergate, countless elections and other political matters with an admirable attention to detail and accuracy. Dean's co-workers referred to this creator of the "Quibble-gram" teaching tool as "one feisty editor". Originally from York, PA, Dean graduated from Penn State in 1951 after serving as editor of the Penn State Daily Collegian and being elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Delta Chi. Prior to joining the Times, Dean worked for the York Gazette and Daily, the Philadelphia Daily News and the Philadelphia Inquirer. Memorial services will be held in the spring.

Published by New York Times on Jan. 8, 2012.
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My mentor, my friend - I miss you!
Susan Fulton
January 14, 2012
It was a good long friendship, Dean.
John Ashbrook
January 8, 2012
You were a stickler for accuracy and detail, and some considered you a pill to work with because of those traits. But today's newspapers could sorely use editors with your distinguishing characteristics. You will be missed. - Preston (Pat) Innerst, former city editor, York Gazette and Daily.
January 8, 2012
Goodbye Dean. Love,
Dennis Peterson
January 8, 2012
You put up a good fight and now your suffering is over. I love you, and Pat loves you. Your daughter,
Mary V. Gladfelter
January 8, 2012
Miss you and love you forever. Your wife,
Patricia B. Gladfelter
January 8, 2012
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