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SAN DIEGO, CA - Captain Herbert J. Dean, U.S.N. (Ret.), died peacefully on January 12, 2018, in San Diego, Calif. He was 90 years old. Born in 1927 in Lawrence, Mass., the son of Joseph and Celia Norman Dean, Herb graduated from Central Catholic High and joined the Navy on his 17th birthday in 1944 during WWII. He was sent to the Pacific Theater as a radio operator where he served until after the liberation of the Philippines in 1946. Returning to duties stateside, he received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy. He entered the Academy in 1950 at age 23, with six years enlisted service. The day after graduating in June 1954, Herb married his high school sweetheart, Mary Theresa Corey ("May"), daughter of Roland and Mary Moynihan Corey.
The couple's first posting was to San Diego where they would eventually retire. The family made many moves coast to coast as well as spent five years in Honolulu, Hawaii, where Herb completed five tours in Vietnam. His last tour of duty was as Professor of Naval Science at the University of Utah. His naval career spanned 38 years: six years enlisted service, four years Naval Academy, and 28 years as a Commissioned Officer. He received many medals including the Bronze Star with Valor and two Meritorious Service Medals.
After retiring from the Navy, Herb was an active volunteer with May at Our Lady of Grace parish which they attended for over 40 years. Herb's beloved wife preceded him in death on October 18, 2015. He is survived by his son, Herb, Jr.; his daughter, Mary; and six grandchildren, (Joseph, Tyler, and Nicholas Dean and Corey, Mary and Katherine Hall).
A Honor Guard burial will be held at Miramar Cemetery on February 1 at 11:30 a.m. A Mass celebrating his life will be held at the Chapel of the Nazareth House in San Diego, 6333 Rancho Mission Road, San Diego, on February 2 at 9:30 a.m. with a reception following.
Published on January 24, 2018
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