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Passing of Dorothea Dean

Dear Members,

We are sad to inform you of the passing of Dorothea Dean early yesterday afternoon.  Her daughter, Susan, said that Dorothea had developed a fever and had difficulty breathing.  The hospice team kept her comfortable and Dorothea passed away with daughter Linda singing Christmas hymns to her.

Linda is submitting the obituary to the Des Moines Register.  The family requests that no flowers be sent, but that memorials may be made to:  
The Robert W. and Dorothea Dean Endowment Fund of the Iowa Bandmasters Association.

Dorothea and her husband Bob have been great supporters of IBA. Robert Dean was a successful high school band director in Spencer and Mason City, later moving to University of Northern Iowa working with music education students. He was a national champion of the power of music education. He was an IBA past-president and was inducted into the IBA Hall of Fame in 1995.

After her husband's death, she established the Robert Dean Memorial Endowed Scholarship and the Dorothea and Robert Dean Endowed Visiting Artist/Scholars Series for the UNI School of Music.

Dorothea continued the work that she and Bob so passionately pursued by creating the The Robert W. and Dorothea Dean Endowment Fund of the Iowa Bandmasters Association and supporting and attending the IBA conference each year. Their legacy of support and influence will continue to live with us, through former students and colleagues in our profession.

Updated 12/8/18 For Correspondence:

To the Family of Dorothea Dean
% Linda Dean Geske
10557 E. Bowers Lake Rd
Whitewater, WI 53190

92nd Annual IBA Conference

May 8 - 11, 2019

Des Moines Marriott Downtown

700 Grand Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa  50309