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Robert C. Dean

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Date published: 12/15/2013

Robert C. Dean

Robert Chollar Dean, 92, of Stafford County passed away Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013.

Born Feb. 24, 1921, in Shaker Heights, Ohio, he was the son of the late Robert Charles Dean and Ella Mae Chollar Dean. He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Nancy Jane Weaver Dean.

Mr. Dean was a lifelong learner and loved all of his years of education: Shaker Heights High School (1938), Case Western School of Engineering (1942), Bexley Hall, where he earned a Master of Divinity degree (1953) and postgraduate work at Columbia University, the College of Preachers, and Colgate Rochester Divinity School (1979).

Mr. Dean was a PT boat captain in the Mediterranean in World War II. Prior to his ministry, he was a chemical engineer in Cleveland, Ohio, and New York City. After his ordination in 1954, Mr. Dean served as an Episcopal minister at Church of the Good Shepherd in Lyndhurst, Ohio, from 1954 to 1976, and St John's Episcopal Church in Farmington, New Mexico, from 1981 to 1989. He and his family participated in the Wates-Seabury Exchange in 1964 and '65, during which time Mr. Dean served as vicar to St Paul's Rusthall Parrish in Kent, England, in the province of Canterbury. Years of additional volunteer work included pastoral counseling, hospital chaplaincy and serving on numerous boards.

He had a great love of travel that he instilled in his children. He also loved baseball and followed the Cleveland Indians until his last days. Mr. Dean was a member of St. George's Episcopal Church in Fredericksburg.

He leaves behind four children, Robert Paul Dean and partner Oro Lynn Benson of Santa Fe, Timothy Andrew Dean and wife Sally of Boston, Mass., Miriam Dean-Otting and husband Charles of Gambier, Ohio, and Anne Dean Kadis and husband Christopher of Stafford County; and eight grandchildren, Jaime and Jona Dean, Michelle Dean-Onabajo and Andrew Dean, Nathaniel and Jacob Otting, and Robert Kadis and Sarah Kadis Kirkpatrick; and five great-grandchildren.

A private service will be held for family members.