Dean Patrick Guerin

February 21, 1922November 23, 2013

Guerin, Dean Patrick

Born February 21, 1922 in St. Paul, Minnesota, passed away on November 23, 2013. He grew up on Long Island and graduated from Sewanhaka High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Boston University School of Commerce. Dean served in World War 2 as a U.S. Marine in the South Pacific and was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star.

Dean, along with his dear friends Bill Eppler and John Turner, founded the investment banking firm Eppler, Guerin and Turner in 1951. Dean ran the corporate finance department at EGT. The firm became the leader in the IPO, merger and acquisition business in the southwest. Dean served as Chairman and CEO until he retired in 1988. EGT was sold to Principal Financial Group in 1987. He then became involved in venture capital and turnaround investments. Among them was General Aluminum Corp where he served as chairman until it was sold to MI products in 2000.

As a successful entrepreneur, accomplished executive and widely experienced corporate director, Dean served on more than 40 corporate boards over the last 50 years including 7 listed on the New York Stock Exchange. The industries involved included banking, heavy and light manufacturing, wholesale distribution, retailing, food processing, oil and gas exploration, gas pipeline, mining, air transportation, and environment remediation. Among the many boards he served on were Zale Corporation, American Federal Bank, Houston Oil and Minerals, Seagull Energy, Trinity Industries, Lone Star Technologies, Redman Industries, and Circle K Corporation.

Civic Activities included service as a member of the Business Advisory Council of North Texas University, the Planning and Policy Development Committee of the Selwyn Schools and guest lecturer corporate finance at North Texas University and Texas Christian University. He chaired numerous American Management Association seminars on various corporate finance related subjects. He also served on the Investment Committee of The Dallas Museum of Arts and as an Arbitrator for the New York Stock War College Foundation. He also served as a Trustee of the Marine Military Academy and was a member of the Naval War College Foundation. He is listed in Marquis’ “Who’s who in America”, “Who’s who in the South and Southwest” and “Who’s Who in Finance and Industry”. Social memberships included the Dallas Country club, Dallas Petroleum Club, Fort Worth Boat Club, Chandler’s Landing Yacht Club (former Commodore and Governor), and Dallas Ski Club (former President). Dean was an avid and expert skier and offshore and competitive sailor, scuba diver, private pilot, wine and food enthusiast (a gourmet cook and a charter member of the Helen Corbitt Men’s Cooking Group). He was a member of the Chevaliers du Tastevin as well as the Commanderie de Bordeaux (international wine societies).

Dean had a love for modern art and architecture. For thirty years they lived in the only home designed and built by Frank Lloyd Wright in Texas. For more than 15 years Jo and Dean flew to Antigua and the Grenadines four times a year where they entertained friends aboard their yacht “Arbitrage”; eventually sailing back to the States to spend several seasons cruising the Chesapeake and the New England coast.

Dean will be remembered for his quick wit and for his deep and abiding love for Jo, his wife of 53 years. He is survived by Jo, their sons Mark and Steve, by their six grandchildren, daughters-in-law Lee and Cori, and his sister Marie Kroecker.

Memorials may be made to the Marine Military Academy in Harlingen, Texas.

Private services were held.


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Charles Williams

December 1, 2013

Dean always had funny joke to brighten your day. He will be missed.

December 1, 2013

Jo, We have such fond memories of our fun times with you and Dean! We remember the great ability Dean had to tell a joke that nobody could top! Our sailing adventure with you both on the Arbitrage
will never be forgotten. We send you our condolences and love. Joan and Jack Kickham

December 1, 2013

Eternal Rest Grant Unto Him O Lord and May Perpetual Light Shine Upon Him.
Michael J. Kelly, Westcliffe, Colorado

Mary (Crow) Bredlau

November 30, 2013

Rest in peace, Dean.
Truly the end of an era.
Our prayers and condolences to you and your family.
Mary and Michael Bredlau

Scott Self

November 29, 2013

I enjoyed sailing with Dean on many occasions. I especially remember crewing with him when we won Antigua Race Week in 1976. He loved competing and winning.

Scott Self

November 28, 2013

Jo, Jeannie and I extend our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Regretfully, our paths haven't crossed in recent years but we had great admiration for Dean. Respectfully, David J. Kerr

Ryan Oliver

November 28, 2013

Condolences from the Mott & Oliver family. Dean was a great man and gave back so much to the world!!!


Ryan Oliver, Keith Oliver and Lance Oliver

Kay (Williams) Garvin

November 27, 2013

So sad to hear of Mr. Guerin's passing. I worked at EGT twice in the late sixties and early seventies. The first time was in Corporate Finance so sometimes I had to take dictation from him if his personal secretary was out. He always knew exactly what he wanted to say & spoke faster than I could take shorthand. but patiently explained yachting terms to me when asked. I remember my few years with EGT fondly. Mr. Guerin was a commanding presence and I'm sure his family & friends will miss him.

ron parker

November 27, 2013

Jo I am so sorry for your loss.Loved working in your home on your Hardwood floors.I will miss speaking with Dean on the phone as I did on several occasions..thinking about you at this difficult time.....ron parker..

Kay Clifton

November 27, 2013

Sorry for your loss