A servant leader, Dean was always willing to help others and to put their needs before his own, a characteristic that defined his life at work, at home, and in service to his community. Dean was the friend who would give you a ride, buy you a meal or show up at your door when trouble came calling.
In 1997, Dean joined the Richmond office of Highwoods as director of property management. Highwoods is a real estate investment trust that owns many of the office buildings at Innsbrook Office Park in Henrico County. This was the community where Dean worked for 25 years, making many friends, while keeping buildings well-maintained and tenants happy. Promoted to senior director of asset management, Dean loved his job and served as a mentor to many colleagues.
Despite his busy schedule, Dean always found time for a round of golf with friends. He loved the game, although he never felt he truly conquered it. A kind, generous, and compassionate man, Dean did conquer the game of life if not his cancer. He found joy in loving and caring for others, and this legacy impacted many lives.