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2018-06-13 / Obituaries

David C. Dean, chief of cardiology at Buffalo VA Medical Center

Dr. David Campbell Dean, 87, of Amherst, died Monday, May 21, 2018.

Dr. Dean was born on April 19, 1931, to the late Dr. Archibald S. and Eleanor Dean. The Maine natives brought their family to Western New York when Dr. David Dean’s father began work at the Department of Public Health of Western New York State.

A 1948 graduate of Amherst Central High School, Dr. Dean earned his undergraduate degree from Bowdoin College in 1952 and graduated from Johns Hopkins Medical School in 1956. In the summer of 1955, he met Jean Lord Butler, also a Maine native, when she came to Buffalo for occupational therapy training, and they married on June 9, 1956.

From 1959 until 1961, he was instructor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, and in 1960, he served as a cardiology fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital. In 1961, he served as a clinical professor of medicine and clinical professor of rehabilitation medicine at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine.

Dr. Dean was a three-time winner of the Physicians Recognition Award from the American Medical Association and a fellow of the American College of Physicians, the American Federation of Clinical Research and the Council of Clinical Cardiology of the American Heart Association. Dedicated to education, Dr. Dean established the Archibald and David Dean Scholarship at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 2009.

In addition to his wife, Dr. Dean is survived by three children, Laurie Dean Baird, Bruce and Keith; two siblings, Sylvia Raban and Archibald Dean; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held on June 9 at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Arrangements were made by the Dietrich Funeral Home Inc.

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