Dean is a 1970 graduate of the Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston.  A life-long, a-vocational historian of the Texas revolution, the American civil war, and World War II, he is a veteran of the United States Air Force and a licensed pilot.  Professionally Dean has held executive positions with the University of Houston Alumni Association, the Switzerland Alpines Professional Basketball Team in Geneva, Professional Veterinarians Drug and Supply Company, IBM (Top Gun), and Oracle (Certified Champion).  Dean passed away in September of 2014 and is survived by his children, daughter Megan DiBartolo and her husband Giovanni, son Andrew Kirkpatrick and his wife Eunha, and his daughter Jessica Kirkpatrick that continue his legacy. He was also grandfather to Giuliana DiBartolo, Liam, Lucas and Logan Kirkpatrick.