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Dean News Get the scoop on what’s been happening around campus



More Than a Name:


The People Behind Dean’s Iconic Buildings In Joan Phelps Palladino’s thesis course, dancers become researchers and published authors.

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Stay informed on what’s happening on and around campus





Vice President, Institutional Advancement Coleen Resnick

TA B L E O F CONTENTS Message from the President


Dean News


Dean Athletics


More Than a Name: The People Behind Dean’s Iconic Buildings


Homecoming Recap


Messages in Motion


Class Notes


Staff Spotlight


In Memoriam


Save the Date

Inside back cover

Managing Editor Lindsay McHugh

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Contributors Kevin Anderson, Jennifer Andrews, Gregg Chalk, Maureen Crowley, Rochell Dennehy, Erin Donahue, Alex Feuz ’22, Patrick Kennedy, Rob Lawson, Nathan Minese ’22, Coleen Resnick, Kelly Roe

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Design Pia Bertone-Gross

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Dear Friends, As we begin the year 2020, I think about the expression “20/20” and what it represents. Of course, we all know the television show “20/20,” which features in-depth reporting with a focus on human interest stories—much like Dean Magazine. We also use “20/20” to express visual acuity. As we embark on this new decade, the term “20/20” resonates. We look forward to staying sharp in our interactions with our community and continuing to deliver The Dean Difference for many more decades and generations. The photo on this page shows me with our ECFC Championship Football team during our on-campus celebration. Our men’s cross-country team also won the NECC Championship for the second year in a row. So much to celebrate! Athletics have been an important part of Dean’s rich history going back to the late 1800s. We look ahead to our future as we make our final transition to NCAA Division III and enter the Great Northeast Athletic Conference in the fall. Read more about the outstanding students and coaches in our athletics program on page 8. In September we hosted Homecoming: For Alumni and Families. This is one of my favorite events on the calendar. We had a record turnout of alumni, friends and family who visited our campus on a picture-perfect New England weekend. Seeing and interacting with so many of you, from members of our 50th Society to our most recent 2019

graduates, was a true pleasure. See the full recap of the day on page 14 and please continue to engage with us at events, on social media, and with visits to campus. Dean Emerita Joan Phelps Palladino is celebrating 55 years as a member of the Dean family this year. I hope you enjoy reading the article, beginning on page 18, about how she is currently impacting students with her oversight of the Dance Research and Publication course, which has resulted in more than 25 student-written and published books. As you will read in the rest of this issue of Dean Magazine, Dean continues to thrive on all fronts. You will have the opportunity to learn more about the accomplishments of many members of the Dean community while enjoying fun and educational articles. This month we will celebrate our 155th Founder’s Day with “1,865 Minutes of Giving” to honor our establishment in 1865. With the support and achievements of so many, I am struck by how far Dean has come, and I look to our future with clarity of vision for 2020. With warm regards,

Paula M. Rooney, Ed.D.

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Spring 2020 Performances

’19-’20 Dean College Theatre and Dance Season Our students in the School of the Arts raised the curtain on another fantastic season of performances for the 2019-2020 academic year with the production of Radium Girls followed by Wonderful Town. Students and faculty from the Joan

Phelps Palladino School of Dance leapt into the academic year with the Dance Faculty Concert, followed by Arts Mosaic and New Dancer Showcase. Save the date for our Spring 2020 performances!

Feb. 7-8

Choreographers’ Concert

Feb. 20-23

La Bête/“The Beast”

April 1-5

Thoroughly Modern Millie

April 17-18

Freshman Theatre Showcase

April 23-26


May 1-2

Senior Dance Showcase

► To purchase tickets, visit DEAN.EDU/BOXOFFICE.

Honoring Our Veterans What Does The Dean Difference Mean to You? Sophomores, juniors and seniors were challenged to develop persuasive messages to explain how their experiences at Dean College have impacted and transformed them, bringing to life The Dean Difference. Creative entries were received in various forms, including poetry, rap, essays and numerous video submissions. Each finalist presented their work to more than 70 business executives at the Career Fair held on November 14, resulting in three winners.

Sophomore communications major, Emily Wallace, was named the winner of the competition for her video entry, taking home a $750 prize. The secondplace winner of $500 was awarded to senior business management major, Lexi Newton. The honorable mention prize of $250 was awarded to junior theatre major, Michael Price. A special thank you to Axion Business Technologies for its generous sponsorship of this competition.

► Visit DEAN.EDU/THEDEANDIFFERENCE to view the winning submission.

The Dean College Veterans Day Ceremony was held on November 11, in front of the College’s War Memorial. Dean College President Paula Rooney asked the audience to honor our service members, to remember their courage and dedication, and to thank them for the sacrifices that they have made for our country. Following a student performance of the national anthem, Dr. Rooney reflected on the stories of the individuals whose names are engraved on the Memorial, which is dedicated to the memory of the service of the sons and daughters of Dean Academy in World War I, 1914-1918. One of those stories belongs to Edward “Eddie” Leslie Grant,

Dean Class of 1902, a Major League Baseball player who was one of the first men to enlist in World War I. Eddie served as a captain in the 77th Infantry Division where he died on October 5, 1918, while leading his troops on a four-day search for the Lost Battalion. The speaker for the ceremony was Mary Clermont, an accomplished veteran who served in the United States military prior to being honorably discharged in June 1990 to pursue a career in business. She is currently the chief people officer at Innovations, LLC in Franklin. Mary is a member of the Dean College Business Advisory Board. Dean College is proud of all who have served our nation.


That’s where change happens


Dean College Hosts E-Commerce Conference The Dean Leadership Institute, along with the help of School of Business instructor Bob Land, hosted an E-Commerce Conference on October 23. The keynote speaker was Jules Pieri, cofounder and CEO of The Grommet and author of “How We Make Stuff Now.” Pieri was named one of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs in 2013. The Grommet, which features a wide array audience, “along the way it hasn’t been a of innovative and unique products, has put clear path, and I continue to think about Pieri in direct contact with more than 3,000 where I go from here.” Networking has been entrepreneurs. In her past work experience, the most helpful skills in her career and she found that the most exciting products has provided her many opportunities. were not Scott was enticed by the making it to the “Mad Men” lifestyle of the shelves, and ad agency but found she did she wanted not have the personality to consumers to deal with daily client rejection. be able to see Within that agency she was these amazing given the opportunity to ideas that larger move to the digital side of companies the workplace, where she were not willing continued her career within to take risks the digital realm in banking, on. “Small is followed by a managerial the new big,” Shown in photo, from left to right: Bob Land, Amie role at SharkNinja. Like says Pieri. She Hansen, Bridget Scott, Dr. Rooney, Jules Pieri Hansen, she stressed the recommends importance of networking, using 10% of as most of the jobs she has gotten have been your discretionary income and directing it through a contact formed along the way. towards small businesses and entrepreneurs to help promote innovation and your local community. “That’s where change happens,” said Pieri. She calls it “citizen commerce.”

Following Pieri’s keynote speech, she was joined by Amie Hansen, vice president of digital at The Rockport Company, and Bridget Scott, director of digital experience at SharkNinja, for a discussion on e-commerce and female leaders in the digital space. Hansen has been in the retail footwear industry for 15 years and found her true passion—e-commerce. She told the

Takeaways from the conference included “networking is key,” both in person and digitally, as well as establishing a mentor. Pieri also brought up her three Rs—resume, reputation and relationships—further emphasizing to students in the audience the need for a core network of professionals. “Your resume is only half of the story,” she added. “Networking can be uncomfortable, but it’s important to face your fears and put yourself out there. Your network is who will most likely help you with your next opportunity.”

Dean Leadership Institute: Leadership in Action Fall 2019 Speakers

Jen (Carr) Cote ’08 Owner, Exhale Dance Studio

Dean College welcomed Jen (Carr) Cote ’08 to campus to discuss her dancing and entrepreneurship experience. Jen was a dance major and the student speaker at Dean’s 2008 Commencement ceremony. Jen has been teaching dance for the last 10 years and, in 2019, launched her own dance studio, Exhale. She addressed the subjects of dance, teaching, entrepreneurship and careers.

Thomas Paolino ’11/’16 Senator, Rhode Island Senate

Thomas Paolino ’11/’16, a Double Bulldog with both his associate and bachelor’s degrees from Dean, visited campus to speak about his role as the Rhode Island state senator for District 17. Of the 38 Rhode Island senators, Thomas is the youngest serving senator. His role is to provide for and represent the interests of his constituents in the general assembly. Some of his major responsibilities are weighing in on state spending, amending state laws and creating new laws.

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Third Time’s a Charm:

Students Once Again Participate in the New England Patriots’ Opening Ceremony The students assisted in rolling out a 50-yard-long banner that would eventually become a projection screen with a Patriots highlight reel, as the six-time Super Bowl champions revealed their latest banner. This is the third opportunity for Dean College to participate, having previously performed in the NFL pregame celebration in September 2015 and 2017 thanks to Dean’s long-standing relationship with the Patriots organization. Nearly 200 Dean College students participated in the Championship Banner unveiling ceremony at the New England Patriots’ home opener on September 8.

A few students were lucky enough to have participated in the event for a second time—Angeli Myatt ’20 was one of them. “The light show made this year’s performance

a step above anything I’ve ever experienced,” noted Angeli. Sophomore communications major Emily Wallace shares similar sentiments. “Being able to look up and see over 65,000 fans screaming and knowing that I’m at the center of it makes my heart jump. I’ve been waiting for an opportunity to do something like this for my entire life; that’s why I chose Dean College.” This experiential learning opportunity was brought to life through The Center for Business, Entertainment and Sport Management at Dean College, a partnership with Kraft Sports + Entertainment.

► To learn more, visit DEAN.EDU/THECENTER.

Teeing Off for Scholarships:

23rd Annual President’s Cup Golf Tournament The 23rd Annual President’s Cup Golf Tournament was held on September 16, at Franklin Country Club. The sun was shining, and it was a perfect day for a tournament. This year’s roster consisted of 33 teams and 133 sponsors and supporters. Congratulations to this year’s winning foursome, who just happened to be current members of the Dean College golf team: Charlie Banks ’21, Corey

► Visit DEAN.EDU/GOLFTOURNAMENT to learn more about the annual tournament. Save the date for this year’s event: September 21, 2020.

Langevin ’21, Michael McAuliffe ’20 and Ethan Lessard ’22. Throughout the past 23 years, the Dean College President’s Cup Golf Tournament has had a profound effect on the education of Dean College students. Support from our players and sponsors has helped raise more than $1,750,000 for the Dean College Scholarship Fund. A special thank you to all our sponsors. Your generous donations have helped deserving students attend Dean College.


CAREER MINDSET. Beginning in year one and throughout their Dean College experience, Dean students research, begin to articulate, and purposefully acquire essential skills and experiences associated with their desired career path utilizing Dean Career Advantage preparation. Working both in and out of the classroom with faculty, success and career advisors, coaches and mentors, Dean students acquire the career mindset that is part of the Dean College campus culture. As a result, Dean graduates are not only prepared for their first post-graduation job, but for the many professional hurdles and opportunities they may encounter as they advance their careers.

Starting year one, students will learn to integrate what they are learning with what they are experiencing, reflecting on where they are and where they want to go. Students work one-on-one with their success and career advisors to identify, navigate and explore their own skills and strengths. “The Dean Career Advantage is a holistic approach to helping students make the most of their college experience,” says Wendy Adler, associate vice president of student success and career planning. “When students graduate, they will have a resume of accomplishments and experiences that will make them as competitive as possible on the job and/or graduate school market.

We don’t wait until the senior year; we start from week one.” The program includes courses to help students improve on skills like time-management, goal setting, organization, networking and using campus resources. Students develop their personal brand, create a resume, connect with professionals and attend career and internship fairs. Students acquire professional experiences and complete capstone projects in their majors. Dean student success is driven by the career mindset and learning essential skills to succeed post-graduation.

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Key Figures From a turnaround to a repeat and all the individual honors in between The fall season for Dean College Athletics was a trophy-raising, banner-unveiling, award-collecting stretch that will go down in history as one we won’t soon forget.

JOE CABRAL, Head Men’s Cross Country Coach

MACY PARISEE ’20, Women’s Soccer, East Freetown, MA

MELANIE RIOS-NEVAREZ ’20, Women’s Volleyball, Vega Alta, Puerto Rico

For the second straight season, Cabral led the Bulldogs to the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Championship. This time, however, he was named the league’s Coach of the Year as Dean became the third team in league history to win consecutive titles. Cabral, meanwhile, has now won two titles in two years as the program’s head coach and becomes the College’s first multichampionship coach in the NECC era.

For the second year in a row as one of the premier netminders around, Parisee was named a United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) FirstTeam All-American. She started all 16 games in goal for the Bulldogs and finished with a league-best 159 saves. In her illustrious four-year career in between the pipes, she appeared in 55 games, played more than 4,500 minutes in goal, made 559 saves, posted eight career shutouts and stopped 80 percent of the shots she faced.

Arguably the most decorated female student-athlete of Dean’s NCAA Division III era, Rios-Nevarez closed out her senior volleyball campaign by being named both a USCAA Academic All-American and a USCAA Second-Team AllAmerican for the second season in a row. Her three seasons of volleyball included nearly 400 kills, almost 800 assists, and 150 service aces. A two-sport student-athlete with a .335 career batting average on the softball team, Rios-Nevarez is also a member of the United States Army reserves.

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Who Helped Define the Fall Season You

ROSS RUBIN ’20, Men’s Cross Country, Annadale, VA

STEVE TIRRELL, Head Football Coach

TERRELL WATTS ’22, Football, New Haven, CT

You! Alumni, Parents, and Friends of Dean Athletics

Not many student-athletes can boast of the collegiate career enjoyed by Rubin. He has now delivered a pair of conference titles to Dean, and both times he earned First-Team All-Conference honors. Rubin saved his best performance for his last, finishing a career-best third at the championship event—the sixth top-ten finish of his career.

Things could not have gone worse for Tirrell’s Bulldogs, opening a promising season at 0-4. But in what turned out to be an incredible coaching performance, Tirrell regrouped his underclassmen-laden squad and guided them to a 2019 Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) Championship. He was named the league’s Coach of the Year after going 4-1 in ECFC play, and Dean earned a spot in a New England Bowl Series contest.

With unanimous selection as the 2019 ECFC Offensive Player of the Year, Watts was in total control all season long. He led the league in passing yards (2,657), passing yards per game (265.7), touchdown passes (27) and total touchdowns (32). His most dominant performance came when he threw seven touchdown passes in a win over Alfred State that helped secure the conference championship. In 19 career games, Watts has accounted for 50 touchdowns (44 passing, six rushing).

Last GIVING DAY, many of you came together to support your favorite Dean College team—THANK YOU! Save these dates: February 18 & 19, 2020. This year, we hope you will donate to the team(s) of your choice for Battle of the Bulldogs 2020. dean.edu/bob

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More Than a Name: The People Behind Dean’s Iconic Buildings

Dean Hall (pre-fire)


The “Dean” in Dean College is not just a label, it is the name of someone who had a vision to nurture learning and achievement. Dr. Oliver Dean started out as a teacher in a one-room schoolhouse in Franklin, MA, went on to study medicine, and eventually became a manufacturing tycoon in Manchester, NH. At the end of his life, everything came full circle. Dr. Dean moved back to Franklin and established Dean Academy in 1865. He had a passion for teaching and bequeathed his great wealth to make manifest his dream. Beginning with his gift of nine acres of land and the funds to build the original Academy building,

Dr. Dean started a creative legacy that many others have followed as each generation of benefactors has contributed to the growth of our campus. Each building is a historic chapter in the larger story of Dr. Dean and the many others who have made Dean College as we know it today.

In the Beginning Dean Hall is the first chapter of the story and the root of Dean College. The original building was designed by Thomas Silloway, architect of the Vermont State Capitol. Completed in 1868, Dean Hall was tragically destroyed by fire in 1872. Within two years, Dean Hall was rebuilt

with funds donated by the Ray family—Franklin’s premier industrialists. This landmark building has been in continuous use ever since and is on the National Register of Historic Places. As the only building on campus for two decades, everything happened in Dean Hall. It was a home to students as they studied, ate, slept, prayed and played. Even today, each student, staff member, professor, and alumnus has a personal story about Dean Hall. It remains the nostalgic heart of our campus and a strident reminder of our founder’s beneficence.

From Building to Campus To the right of Dean Hall stands a building that is similar in its Victorian Gothic style: Ray Building, built in 1903. A gift of alumnae Lydia Ray Peirce (1872) and Annie Ray Thayer (1874)—heiresses of the Ray estate and among the first students to attend Dean in the 1870s—today the Ray Building houses classrooms and a study lounge. Originally, however, the top floor was a theatre and the lower levels were outfitted with state-ofthe-art science labs, which the Dean Megaphone staff celebrated, writing: “Every graduate, student and friend will rejoice…We have reason


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Memorial Hall

Ewen allace to be very grateful to Miss Ray and Mrs. Thayer for many things, and for this crowning gift most of all. With this new building Dean will be equal to the best in modern facilities and equipment.”

Hall to honor the hundreds of Dean faculty, students, and alumni who served in the military, among them Edward L. Grant (1902)—the first Major League Baseball player to die in World War I. The premier space in Memorial Hall On the other side of Dean Hall is the Trophy Room, a grand are Alumni Hall and the original room for large gatherings and gymnasium, constructed home to cases of athletic in two phases between awards and Dean’s Athletic 1894 and 1914 and funded Hall of Fame. This charming in part by Dean alumnus hall held the great balls, Austin Fletcher (1869), a promenades, and wassail prominent lawyer, educator, parties. What is wassail? The and philanthropist. These term has evolved in English facilities afforded Deanites for more than a millennium, a variety of indoor athletic from its origins as the simple activities such as basketball, greeting, “to your health,” to its swimming, and bowling. After use describing revelry during World War I, Alumni Hall was the winter holiday season. renamed Alumni Memorial

Baby Boom Leads to Building Boom After World War II, in the era of the Baby Boom, most colleges didn’t have enough space to accommodate their growing student bodies. Dean was no exception, and a trio of residence halls—Ewen, Wallace, and Jones—were constructed in 1962 on the east end of campus, behind Dean Hall. It was also during the 1960s that Adams and Bourret Halls were built. Wallace and Ewen Halls are named for former Dean headmasters. Alumnus and math professor Alexander C. Ewen (1899) was appointed interim headmaster and tasked with

finding a successor to Arthur W. Peirce, the beloved leader known affectionately as “Awpie,” who died in 1934. The replacement was another alumnus, Earle Wallace (1905), who initiated the transformation of Dean from Academy to Jr. College in the 1940s. Maintaining Dr. Dean’s legacy through this transition was important to Wallace, and he created something quite unique, interesting and successful: A warm, extendedfamily environment at a modern American college.

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Jones, Adams and Bourret Halls were named in honor of distinguished faculty members. Arriving in the 1920s, Augustus Jones’ tenure at Dean spanned five decades and six headmasters and presidents. He taught eighteen different subjects in the sciences, chaired the Science Department, coached track, advised the yearbook staff, and served as Dean of Men. Alumni of the era recall him as a “classic scholar” and “very inspirational.” Cora Adams was a mainstay of the foreign language department during the Awpie era. A pioneer women’s golfer, she was a colorful personality and was nicknamed Sappho by the students; appropriately, Adams Hall was originally an all-women’s dorm.

The Bourrets—Joe and Mina—were a husband and wife team at Dean from the 1920s to the 1950s. Joe taught history and Mina was the drama instructor to Dean’s Oscar Award-winning alumnus, Broderick Crawford (1931)

Dean’s main indoor sports venue and noteworthy that Pieri brought the Celtics to play in the gym’s dedicatory basketball game featuring Bill Russell, regarded as one of the greatest basketball players of all time.

Arthur W. Peirce Center for Technology and Science honors one of the longest The Baby Boom-era students serving executives in Dean’s needed more than just history, the aforementioned residential space; they Arthur W. Peirce. In his required spaces to exercise, thirty-eight years at Dean, learn and study. Pieri only twice was Peirce away Gymnasium commemorates from campus for more the contributions of time and than a month at a time. finances put forth by alumnus According to the Dean Louis Pieri (1916), a major Megaphone, he ruled “firmly figure in the New England though kindly, possessing sports industry, as owner of the happy combination of the Rhode Island Auditorium faculties which made him and part-owner of the Boston seem more a friend and Celtics. It is fitting, then, adviser than dictator.” that Pieri made possible

Beyond Boarding

E. Ross Anderson Library (now the Green Family Library Learning Commons) highlights the generosity and leadership of Ross Anderson, an engineering entrepreneur whose companies installed the first U.S. Air Force radar towers off the coast of New England. A lover of the sea, Anderson (and his yacht, Nefertiti) challenged for the America’s Cup in 1962, the same year he joined the Board of Trustees at Dean. In 2008, Dean College Trustee and alumnus William D. Green (1974) donated a gift worth $1 million, the largest gift from a living donor in the College’s history. The funds were used to renovate and name the Green Family Library Learning Commons.

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Looking Ahead; Leaving a Legacy In 1995, Dr. Paula M. Rooney was named the 13th president of Dean College. Guided by her visionary leadership, Dean College has achieved exceptional growth over the last two decades and experienced unprecedented success in enrollment, reputation and financial stability. In the past ten years, under Dr. Rooney’s stewardship, Dean has completed more than $60 million in campus improvements, including Dorothy and Glendon Horne ’31 Hall, the Morton Family Learning Center, updates to athletic fields and facilities— especially Grant Field and Dale Lippert Field at the Longley Athletic Complex—and the Rooney Shaw Center for Innovation in Teaching.

Oliver Dean could hardly have foreseen that the grand building he conceived in the 1860s to nurture young people’s secondary education would blossom into the vibrant 21st-century college campus Dean has become. During the fifteen decades since Dr. Dean’s gift, thousands of faculty, staff and students have contributed to what we know today as The Dean Difference. The names that grace our campus buildings record the history of an ongoing commitment to our mission: To graduate lifetime learners who thrive in their careers, embrace social responsibility and demonstrate leadership. The significant support of alumni and friends of Dean have brought us to this point and ensure that Dean’s legacy is maintained.

Ray Mansions James and Joseph Ray were wealthy textile manufacturers in Franklin. The two brothers built matching mansions on Main Street, opposite Dean Hall, where Joseph’s daughters Lydia and Annie were among the first classes of graduates. Annie Ray married Adelbert Thayer, scion of a prosperous family of commerce in Franklin. Thayer House was a grand residence hall until its destruction by fire in 1995. Lydia Ray married headmaster Arthur W. Peirce in 1903, and for the next three decades the couple resided in Peirce House on Main Street. His daily walk from home to office across front campus created what we know today as Awpie Way.

Green Family Library Learning Commons


Mitchell House commemorates the generous support of the Mitchells, all of whom were Dean alumni. Walter Mitchell (1911) also served on Dean’s Board of Trustees.

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Dean College celebrated another successful Homecoming: For Alumni and Families on September 28. The beautiful fall day began with tours of campus, including a historic tour led by professor of history Dr. Rob Lawson, who pointed out the cherished history the campus holds to students, alumni and families. During the day, students and families were able to learn more about the Dean Career Advantage, Dean’s new 4-year program designed to assist students in their development of a career mindset. The morning hours also included a bit of friendly competition, as Grant Field was the site for the Dean alumni lacrosse game, where both former and current players competed for bragging rights. Fans gathered at the Longley Athletic Complex to join the Bulldog Fan Zone, where students,

families and alumni enjoyed a gameday cookout and cheered on the Dean College football team, as well as the men and women’s soccer teams. The football team played a tough game, competing against Kean University who ultimately came out on top. Julian Burris ’22 was named MVP of the football game, a tradition named after alumnus Butchie Williams ’75. Back on campus, visitors enjoyed tours of the newly renovated Digital Studios and WGAO (88.3 FM) Radio Station, followed by activities at the Fall Festival on Awpie Way. Ceramic pumpkins were painted, fall desserts were enjoyed and stuffed animal bulldogs were loved by all. The day’s festivities came to a close with the Dean Showcase, which included an assortment of performances by our talented students. Alumni also celebrated with a nightcap at Alumni Night at Teddy Gallagher’s Pub.

Thank you, Bulldogs, for yet another successful homecoming weekend. We can’t wait to see you this year on October 24, 2020!

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In Joan Phelps Palladino’s thesis course, dancers become researchers and published authors.


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f we can use movement to communicate, maybe we can use it to forge connections across boundaries. In her Research and Publication course at Dean, Joan Phelps Palladino is sowing the seeds of those connections. “Perhaps dance can save the world,” says Palladino. But to do it will take some research.

Palladino is Dean Emerita of her namesake, the Joan Phelps Palladino School of Dance at Dean College. She sees world-saving potential in dance because it is, after all, one of the few things all nations have in common. “Movement is life,” she says. “The body says so much.” Consider a pedestrian walking along the sidewalk. “If somebody is walking with their head down, taking long, slow steps, you say, ‘Ooh, bad day.’ If their head is up and they’re bounding along, then, ‘OK, good day!’”

Dancing by Degrees When Palladino came to Dean in 1964, it was a junior college, and dance classes were simply part of the physical education degree. The Physical Education Department’s professor Grant Longley invited Palladino to join the faculty and develop a dance program, and she was intrigued. A promising young artist who had studied under modern dance pioneers including Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn at Jacob’s Pillow, Palladino was weighing dance offers from New York and Boston. However, after a visit to Dean, Palladino fell in love with the College. Its leafy setting called to mind her quaint hometown of Washington Depot, CT. And the serenity of the campus reminded her of the artistic environment she cherished in the Berkshires at Jacob’s Pillow in Becket, MA. “It was, and is, so lovely,” she says of Dean’s scenic campus. “I love the little walkways, and how everyone says ‘hello’ at 7 in the morning.”

More than that, she fell in love with teaching. (Not surprising, given the genes passed down and examples set by her mother, a teacher and principal of the grammar school in Washington Depot.) “Dance in education turned out to be my foremost desire, what I hoped to accomplish,” Palladino says. Over the years, she has taught generations of dancers, including Jay T. Jenkins ’77, creator of the “jazz funk” style and choreographer for Prince, Jennifer Lopez, and others. Moreover, Palladino acted as a global ambassador for dance in education, whether she was appearing on TV, advocating with the National Endowment for the Arts, or traveling across the Caribbean and Europe to learn the folk-dance styles of disparate cultures. All along, Palladino had her sights set on developing and promoting dance as a serious academic discipline, with courses that include Pedagogy, Anatomy, Dance History, Kinesiology and Foundations of Business, to name a few. “The whole concept of intellect with creativity has been my mainstay,” she says, “to prove that dancers are intellectual and have a role to play in society alongside law, psychology and other professions.” There is a strong correlation between mind and body, Palladino noted. “As a dancer, if you don’t understand anatomy and physiology, then you don’t know what muscles to use when performing an arabesque or pirouette.”

In 1980, Palladino succeeded in launching the associate degree in dance. In 2000, she won approval to expand dance into a bachelor of arts degree—Dean’s first. Now, twenty years later, under the guidance of Marc Arentsen, current Dean of the Joan Phelps Palladino School of Dance, Dean has enrolled its first bachelor of fine arts students in dance. The intensive, well-rounded education at Dean “broadens students’ minds,” Palladino says, “and gives them a much larger spectrum of what they can eventually achieve in the dance world.” A dance degree not only encompasses technique and performance, it prepares students for careers in business, journalism, science and as entrepreneurs.

A Course of Research Since retiring as Dean in 2011, Palladino has continued lecturing, and she’s been leading a directed study with a select few students each semester. The course, Dance Research and Publication, is driven by Palladino’s twin convictions that dance is as much an intellectual pursuit as a physical one, and that dancers might offer solutions to the world’s problems. “I truly believe dance can save the world,” Palladino emphasizes. “It’s one thing that is universal, and when people get together to share their cultural dances, there’s no violence or political issues.” Palladino’s high-achieving students choose a topic they’re passionate about, and they work closely with her to research, write, and publish a book on it, numbering up to 150 pages. “I’ve always strongly believed in critical thinking and written and oral communication,” Palladino says, a belief that’s infused throughout the rigorous B.A. program, but perhaps reaches its apex in the research course. The breadth of book topics chosen reflects an ongoing expansion of opportunities for dancers beyond Broadway and dance companies, with work now found in health clinics and schools, athletics and academia. Titles of the students’ tomes have included Dance is the Cure, about community dance programs addressing conflicts among school-aged children and young adults; Dance Speaks One Language, about the universality of dance across cultures; and Every Body, about the problematic body-image messages that teens pick up from pop stars.

22 | Dean Magazine / Winter 2020 FEATURE Samantha Sadwin ’18, for example, wrote her book, The Power Of Movement, on how movement helps the brain grasp and retain information—an inconvenient fact for elementary schools that want to save money by cutting back on “extras” like gym and recess. The research Sadwin did and the arguments she constructed might form the basis for an after-school or even in-school dance program that Sadwin would like to start someday, aimed at improving the lives and academic outcomes of socioeconomically disadvantaged kids. “She has a unique way of getting you to think outside your comfort zone,” Sadwin says of Palladino’s skill in guiding students’ efforts and honing the final product. “I would present an idea or a chapter, and she would say, ‘Did you ever consider this?’” “We met once a week,” Sadwin goes on, “but we’d stay in contact the rest of the week, and she’d find articles I could use. It was not just checking in with an editor. She was invested in the topic. It felt like she was putting in as much effort as I was.” Leslie Fitzpatrick ’20 wrote her book, Keeping Your Light—How To Stay True To Yourself, on the connections among dance, meditation and spirituality. She concurs on the effectiveness of Palladino’s thoughtfulness, enthusiasm and collaborative style. “We have a great bond,” Fitzpatrick says. “She’ll have a thought that she wants to say, but she won’t exactly tell it to me. She’ll let me figure it out, which I love. She’ll ask the right questions to help me get there.” “I love to pick their brains,” confirms Palladino, “and then to give them things to think about and have them ponder and say, ‘Oh, I didn’t think of that!’” Palladino adds that, in turn, she learns plenty through the process herself. “It keeps me sharp and up-to-date.”

Putting It All Together In the early days of the course, each student’s work culminated in a

single, spiral-bound book. Now, students work with a publisher and sell copies of their books online. They accomplish this all while completing curriculum courses in technique and academics, performing, and often working. Sadwin was teaching thirteen dance classes outside Dean the semester of her research course, and back on campus she served as an orientation leader and vice president of the Pom Team. “They’re able to manage their time well,” Palladino says of her students. (Indeed, that’s one of her criteria in working with them.) “One student sent the book to the publisher at 1 a.m. That’s what they’re used to. If it’s an NFL or NBA cheerleader, or a member of a campus cast performing, their schedule is unbelievable, plus the challenging curriculum here—but they find the time.” “Never in a gazillion years would I have thought I’d write a book,” says Fitzpatrick. “I used to stress over a 12-page essay. Now here I am writing 100 pages!” But dancing and writing turn out to have much in common, Fitzpatrick reflects. “Writing has dynamics to it, and flow, just like dance does. And each writer has a particular style, just like each dancer does.” Multi-tasking, too, comes naturally to dancers, says Sadwin. “It’s more than moving around to music in a room. You’re expressing an emotion, you’re performing a technique, you’re thinking about what your body is doing, you’re being

spatially aware—there’s more going on than people realize.” What makes “Mrs. P,” as students call her, such a good mentor? Sadwin says that Palladino combines a nurturing manner with high standards—which transcend academics. “Just being in her presence makes me want to be a better person,” says Sadwin. “Dean is so lucky to have her.” Sadwin now tries to bring that same balance to her dealings with her own students. “I want them to feel they can come talk to me, but I’m also going to push them to be better than they are.” “I do have high standards,” Palladino agrees, “and I do push them because I want them to grow. . . . That’s what made me stay here after the ‘two years’ I’d planned on. I love watching students’ minds expand and their love of dance grow.” As to what Palladino most enjoys about mentoring the research students in particular, she says it’s the moment when one of them first holds the printed book in his or her hands. “Watching the joy of these students, the inner satisfaction of, ‘I did it. I did it,’” she says. “It’s wonderful, the connections that are made for them, and how they will continue to pursue their dance dreams wherever they go and whatever they do.”


Class notes Academy




Dorothy K. Goulter

Dorothy celebrated her 90th birthday on October 9 in Venice, FL.

’60s ’68

Jeffrey Asbell

Jeff writes, “I retired in 2001 from the infamous and survivalto-the-core challenging New York City School System, where I taught high school health and physical education and was a guidance counselor for my last 27 years. From the heart, with deep gratitude, I especially acknowledge the encouragement, patience, understanding and great skills of professor Grant Longley, coaches Dale Lippert and Bruce T. Marshall and the incredibly talented, creative and super-inspiring icon of the Dean dance world, the pristine, natural and wonderful motivator, professor Joan Palladino. Some personal endeavors include being a member of the Manhattan professional comedy improvisation group The Grownups Playground, singing in many choirs including Rock Voices Choir of Northampton, meditation, traveling the globe where the tourists don’t go, and being a writing student of the late Madeleine L’Engle. I’ve been married to my beloved wife and best friend, Rachael, for the past 33 years and live in Amherst, MA. I would like to reconnect with classmates. You can email me at whatreallymatters963@gmail.com.”


Claire L. Pate

Claire writes, “After 28 years with the International Monetary Fund as executive assistant to the U.S. executive director, I am retired! I sold my house in Virginia and now have a big truck I call “The Beast” and a 42-foot long fifth-wheel RV. Was truly blessed to have traveled to parts of the world I never dreamed I would visit. Now it is time to see the U.S.!”


MaryAnne Picardi Jago

MaryAnne writes, “A reunion in Chatham, MA. Although, we had to battle the unexpected tornado and had no electricity we still had a wonderful time catching up and reminiscing.” Pictured from left to right: Melissa Theodos Moras ’77, Patti Caprio Mayberry ’77, Lynn Lowery Isaacson ’77, MaryAnne Picardi Jago ’77, Lisa Fasano Julian ’77.


Jay T. Jenkins

Kevin J. Nolan

Kevin writes, “How does someone go from being a young child at a strict school to being a successful politician? Find out in my autobiography From Obstacles to Political Victory, where I chronicle my life as being the nation’s first born-deaf city councilor, one of the nation’s first deaf people to serve on a jury, and my ache to return to school and communicate with friends. This story is one of perseverance, determination, and sheer willpower to rise above my critics and reshape the public’s mindset about deaf people’s capabilities. Purchase online at Amazon.” Kevin also recently attended the game between Dean and Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. Dean won 56 to 35. Kevin (jersey #53) played for Dean from 1966-68.

Jay T. is recognized around the world as the versatile creator of the “Jazz Funk” style. He shared his in-depth knowledge of classic jazz and musical theater in a dance master class on campus with Joan Phelps Palladino School of Dance students on November 21. Jay T. has choreographed in feature films, music videos and recording artists’ concert tours, and has worked with Prince, Salt N’ Pepa, Cyndi Lauper, Jennifer Lopez, Color Me Badd and many others.


Patricia C. Soules

Patricia writes, “My Dean Sweetheart Bob ’79 and I have just celebrated 40 years of marriage and could not be happier. We are the proud parents of three grown-ups, their spouses, and four grands, four and under. Life is good.”

24 | Dean Magazine / Winter 2020 CLASS NOTES

On September 14, theatre alumni participated in a networking reception at the Watson Hotel in New York City. Additionally, current students and faculty attended, including Daniel Kozar, Jim Beauregard, Ali Angelone, Tracy Lane, and School of the Arts Dean Marc Arentsen. Alumni attendees included: Jay T. Jenkins ’77, Paul Ryan ’83, Devan Manning ’17, Jessica Luhmann ’17, Robert Eberle ’05, Bob Going ’03, Cam Whitehorne ’99, Jessica (Serewicz) Whitehorne ’02, Viguens Louis ’18, Hollis Duggans ’18 and Pat Budris ’19

ʼ80s ’82

Kimberley A. Salter

’86 ’86

Stoney Gaudet Lisa (Meehan) MacDonald

Kimberley writes, “Hi everyone! I am a part-time author with sixteen published novels. I started self-publishing in 2012. You can check me out on Amazon and Kindle; my pen name is K. A. Salter. My story lines involve strong female characters in both contemporary and historical fiction. You can find me on Facebook too—it’s at K. A. Salter Books. I am also on Instagram under k.a.salter_ and Twitter under @mustangkim11. Thank you in advance for your support. Visit me at https://kasalterbooks.wordpress.com/.”


Anthony L. Pike

Tony writes, “Chief Tony Pike of the Orleans fire department, just reaching out to my fellow grads to say, ‘hi.’ I still miss my years at Dean!”


Eric A. Holtz

Stoney and Lisa were on campus for a visit in November. The two have remained close friends since graduating from Dean.

ʼ90s ’92

Kathy L. Fronte

Kathy writes, “I just wrote a novel titled Someday. It’s a romance novel exclusively available on Amazon.”


Eric writes, “I am the head baseball coach for the National Team for Israel, and we have qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics by beating Greece, Serbia, Bulgaria, Ireland, Russia, Lithuania, Germany, Czech Republic, France, Great Britain, Spain, Netherlands, Italy and South Africa this past summer in Bulgaria, Lithuania, Germany and Italy. I continued to follow my passion, and it has now led me to Tokyo. Check out https://www.gameon13.com/ for info.”

Scott W. Dunn

Scott writes, “I had the pleasure of attending and presenting at The Axis Retail Leadership Forum at the Microsoft offices. It is always refreshing to hear what the retail industry has in store for the future and how we can all work together to innovate the shopping experience.”


Theresa A. Mackiewicz

Theresa writes, “I am excited to share... I have been asked to be a part of Staples’ Back to School Block Party!”



Kristen (Kuznezov) O’Brien

Kristen’s adorable children, Dylan, 1 month, and Rory, 15 months, proudly displayed in their Dean gear! #BABYBULLDOGS

Amanda J. Pacitto

Amanda recently opened her own dance studio in Gates, NC, called AJDC Dance.


ʼ00s ’01


Aleksis G. Visners


Anthony G. Baskerville

Alex, aka DJ Noe, has opened a new studio for Elite Productions to introduce his Bronx high school students to the world of hip-hop. Elite Productions meets three days a week at Bronx Envision Academy, where students learn the elements of hip-hop, supporting each other’s crafts, producing music, writing songs and even learning marketing.


Jay Preston

As Dean’s assistant football coach, Anthony was selected as the 2019 ECFC Assistant Coach of the Year. Baskerville’s offense topped 40 points on three occasions this season and averaged nearly 400 yards of total offense a game.


William R. O’Leary

Will is currently the assistant athletic director for marketing and promotions at Mercyhurst University in Erie, PA. Jay and Megan Hensley recently got married at Hammond Castle in Gloucester, MA. “It was a renaissance-themed wedding and it was absolutely perfect!” Jay’s grandfather, Charlie Santoro, performed the ceremony. Jay and Meg fell in love in Los Angeles three years ago where they are full-time working actors in film, TV and voice. Megan was recently Miss Mindy in this season of This is Us, and Jay is Riggs in the recently released Oculus game Stormland. Follow along with their careers at TheBoothOfUs.com and check out more pictures of the incredible wedding at OurCastleWedding.com. >Share Your News! Email us at alumni@dean.edu or send a note in the return envelope included with this magazine. Please provide your name, class year and contact information. Our space is limited, so class notes are edited to include as many as possible.


Hanna Anderson

Hanna met up with fellow alumni for a night out while they were all in town for a visit. Pictured from left to right, Laura Fetko ’14, Hanna Anderson ’12/’14, Maggie Jones ’14, Cassie Balzarini ’15.

26 | Dean Magazine / Winter 2020 CLASS NOTES


Danielle Newman

Dani celebrated her October wedding with lots of Dean alumni along with current and former staff. Back row: Joanna Barrett ’13, Ashlee Givins (former student activities coordinator), Jillian Mackenzie ’15, Cory Ryan ’14, John Fitzgerald ’17/’19. Front row: Airayael PalaciosGarcia ’14, Hanna Anderson ’12/’14, Dani Newman ’15, Amanda Wright ’14, Cassie Balzarini ’15.


Robert A. Marcello

Robert writes, “I just started working at the Northeast Sports Network as a broadcaster calling Division III sports for the New England Small College Athletic Conference.”


On September 1, Daniel and Stephanie were married at Zukas Hilltop Barn in Spencer, MA. Pictured from left to right: Britteny Hyslip ’10, Jacqui O’Donnell ’10, Samantha Charette ’10, Steve Hurley ’08, Stephanie (Arnold) Bates ’10 (bride), Michael Marcangelo ’08, Daniel Bates ’08 (groom), Nick Singarella ’08, Robert Kelly ’09, Jessica Rocker ’08, Sarah Garceau ’11, Chelsey Mello ’10, Nicole Kiernan ’08 and Steven Boylan.

On October 5, Jenna and Jesse were married in Avon, CT. They were proud to host a wedding filled with Bulldog spirit, naming the guest tables after special places and events from Dean that shaped their relationship. More than 20 alumni, along with current and past staff were in attendance. From left to right: Michaela Gouchie ’15, Anthony Cataldo ’15/’17, Kaylie Gagnon ’17, Erika LaPierre ’17, Derrick Pizarro ’16, Alicia Moquin (former Resident Director), Jenica Arsenault ’17, Bernadette Burns-Marino ’17, Morgan Coleman ’15/’17 (Current Residence Life Coordinator), Nikki Sandell ’15/’17, Ben Sweetser ’16/’18, Jenna Brown ’17 (bride), Christian Corsetti ’16/’17, Jesse Messier ’15/’17 (groom), CJ Smith ’18, Carlos Aguilera (former Recreation Coordinator), John Reed ’15/’17, Helen Pinard ’15, Harrison Manchel ’15, Melanie Ostiguy ’15, Scotty O’Brien-Curcie ’16, Jonathan Lawlor ’15/’17.



Tell us about your history prior to coming to Dean.

A: Prior to Dean College, I served as Dean of Arts and Humanities at Cape Cod Community College and Dean of Business, Information Technology, Social Sciences & Professional Studies at Greenfield Community College. I have also been a tenured professor of business/marketing and a department chair in the community college sector. My career in higher education began after a career in integrating marketing/ communications in the private sector, during which I worked for both corporations and advertising agencies in Boston, Atlanta and Chicago. In both sectors, my interest has focused on innovation and new product/ program development, and this interest informed my doctoral research.


What prompted your career move from marketing to higher education?

A: Teaching had been a lifelong dream from the time I was a child. Somewhere along my way as an undergraduate, an individual suggested this path was “not good enough” for me. As a result, I looked into different options. While I enjoyed the creativity, analysis and strategic thinking opportunities present in the field of marketing, eventually I became frustrated with the lack of satisfaction and ethical dilemmas presented by marketing consumer packaged goods. I decided to listen to my own inner voice and began teaching as an adjunct instructor. I knew immediately that I’d found my true passion.

New to the Dean Team: Q&A with Dr. Kathleen Vranos This fall we gave a warm Bulldog welcome to our new Vice President of Academic Affairs, Kathleen Vranos, Ed.D.


What inspired you to join our team?

A: There is a strong sense of community here at Dean College and an exceptional commitment to students, which is palpable from the moment one sets foot on campus. The opportunity to work with individuals who are so passionate about our students and the College is inspiring. This is exactly where I want to be.


What are some of your hobbies outside of work hours?

A: My husband and I enjoy saltwater fishing. I enjoy cooking for a crowd and do so often. I’m also an avid reader, Boston sports fan and consumer of the performing arts. We have two dogs whom I spoil and three adult children who are loads of fun.


As a new member of the Dean family, what does The Dean Difference mean to you?

A: For me, The Dean Difference means that there is a coordinated, integrated effort across our campus specialties to maximize each student’s opportunity for success. This effort is delivered by each faculty and staff member with a willingness to go the extra mile every day on behalf of our students. As it comes together, The Dean Difference results in a community that has the ability to transform lives.

28 | Dean Magazine / Winter 2020

In Memoriam 1941A Robert C. Kramer

1956A Edgar J. Brown

1962 John W. "Jack" Davis

1945A John F. "Jack" Dewey Sr.

1956J Patricia D. (Kolinsky) Brown

1965 Charles F. McDonnell II

1946J Shirley D. (Gostanian) Mikaelian

1956J Ronald W. Cyr

1966 Robert E. “Bob” Callard

1957A Nola E. (Sundin) Williams

1966 Sharon E. (Tapply) Foster

1958 David A. Bean

1966 Susan M. (Dreeka) Paparozzi

1958 William K. "Bill" Craig Sr.

1967 Elizabeth Robinson

1958 Armen C. Farmanian


Highland Park, IL February 18, 2019, age 95 Needham, MA October 12, 2019, age 92

Fowler, CA September 23, 2019, age 93

1947A William T. "Bill" Brown Jr. South Dennis, MA October 11, 2019, age 93

1951A Avery O. Cook

Johnston, RI August 13, 2019, age 86

1951J Elise G. (Kelly) LaParle Newport, RI August 22, 2019, age 89

1952A Thomas R. McDermott Franklin, MA July 26, 2019, age 87

1952A/1954J Suzanne (Hubbell) Chantland Wilmington, NC November 28, 2019, age 85

1955A Allison I. Haskell, Jr. New Bedford, MA July 1, 2019, age 83

Narragansett, RI September 1, 2018, age 85 Narragansett, RI August 27, 2019, age 83

Windham, NH October 12, 2019, age 83

Tavernier, FL November 17, 2018, age 79 Granville, NY November 5, 2019, age 82 Harwich Port, MA October 17, 2019, age 81

Riverview, FL November 9, 2019, age 80

1959 Peter M. Lovely

Wareham, MA and St. Petersburg, FL September 29, 2019, age 80


Douglas K. Heyel Raleigh, NC July 16, 2019, age 78

Franklin, MA November 28, 2019, age 77 Stuart, FL September 9, 2019, age 73 Franklin, TN July 10, 2019

Leesville, SC July 25, 2019, age 72

Valencia, CA December 6, 2018, age 72 West Boylston, MA May 20, 2019, age 72

William F. Small Hampstead, NH August 7, 2019, age 68

1976 Edward C. “Ed” DeMello New Bedford, MA January 9, 2019, age 62

1978 Paul F. Padula

Plainville, MA November 17, 2019, age 61


Harry L. Kreshpane Professor of History, Emeritus of Ashland, MA December 14, 2019, at the age of 83 Professor Kreshpane joined the faculty in 1966 and quickly became a respected professor. In 1974, he was appointed dean of academic affairs, returning full-time to the classroom in 1992. Professor Kreshpane was bestowed the recognition of Honorary Alumnus in 1997. Upon Harry’s retirement in 2008, his wife, Patricia, and the Kreshpane family endowed the Harry L. Kreshpane Prize for Excellence in History, which continues to be presented annually to a Dean student. Professor Kreshpane remained active in the life of the College until his recent passing.

1982 Tamara E. (Nielsen) Whittier

Professor Kreshpane is known to generations of Dean alumni for his annual program on the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Following his retirement, Professor Kreshpane donated his extensive collection of books, photographs, and newspaper accounts of the assassination, as well as the research into the event and the numerous theories of what occurred, to Dean College. The collection is housed in the E. Ross Anderson Library as the Kreshpane Center for Research on the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Future generations of students will have access to this treasure trove of research material on one of the pivotal events of the 20th century.

1985 Mark R. Vickowski

If you are interested in donating to the Harry L. Kreshpane Prize for Excellence in History in memory of Harry, please visit: WWW.DEAN.EDU/GIVING

1980 Phillip T. "Phil" Eldredge Milford, MA September 18, 2019, age 80

Darien, CT and Hilton Head Island, SC July 20, 2019, age 58 Greenfield, MA November 6, 2019, age 55

1988 Kristin M. (Aquino) Pickford Peabody, MA November 16, 2019, age 51

1991 Doris I. (Morin) Savage Uxbridge, MA July 9, 2019, age 73

1993 John J. Mitulski

Walpole, MA September 14, 2019, age 53

1998 Jonathan E. "Jon" Rawson Grafton, MA October 13, 2019, age 40

2007 Robert E. Geromini Bellingham, MA July 10, 2019, age 58

2013 Matthew C. Borah

Mansfield, MA October 13, 2019, age 27

John A. “Jack” Dunn Jr. 12th President of Dean College, of Exeter, NH August 10, 2019, at the age of 85 President Dunn served the College as president from 1992-1995, during which time the school officially changed its name from Dean Junior College to Dean College and the team mascot was changed from Red Demons to the Bulldogs. Prior to leading Dean through these transitions, President Dunn had a twenty-year career at Tufts University, first as assistant to the President then as Vice President for Institutional Planning. In 1989, he formed the Center for Planning Information, Inc., a not-for-profit group supporting colleges and universities, which is now the Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium and prospers to this day. Following his departure from Dean, President Dunn retired with his wife to the White Mountains, where he enjoyed hiking, crosscountry skiing, authoring travel books and researching family genealogies. He also served as director of the Mount Washington Observatory, the moderator for the Jackson Community Church, and served on multiple boards of trustees in the area.



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Dean Magazine, Volume 64, No. 1, Winter 2020