Robert William Dean

May 25, 1920September 10, 2014
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Robert Dean, 94, passed away September 10, 2014.

Visitation will be Sunday, September 14, from 4-8 PM at Calvary Hill Funeral Home, 3235 Lombardy Lane, Dallas. Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, September 15, at St. Rita Catholic Church, 12521 Inwood Road, Dallas, with interment to follow.

Ambassador Dean was born in Hinsdale, Illinois. He attended Morton High School and the University of Chicago where he obtained a Master of Arts in International Relations. He was an exchange student to the University of São Paulo, Brazil, then served in the Navy during World War II in the Pacific Theater. His career in the Foreign Service started in Germany after the war, but he specialized in Latin America, serving in Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Perú as Ambassador. In addition, he spent a number of years in Washington, D.C., heading various offices in the Department of State and on detail to the Department of Defense.

After completing one year as Diplomat-in-Residence at T.C.U., lecturing and teaching in honors courses on U.S.-Latin American Relations, Ambassador Dean retired from the Foreign Service in October, 1978, to become Director for International Programs of the Dallas Chamber of Commerce. In 1980, he left the Chamber to become Vice President of an international trading company. In June, 1981, he established his own firm, International Consultants of Dallas. Bob Dean Was on boards of directors/advisors of: the Dallas Council on World Affairs; the Dallas Committee for Foreign Visitors; the National Council for Foreign Visitors in Washington, D.C.; the International Trade Association of D/FW; the International Museum of Cultures; the Pan-American Livestock Exhibition of the annual State Fair; and the Cardinal Mindszenty Foundation of Texas.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, two siblings, his daughter Shelley, grandson David, son-in-law Jim, and daughter-in-law Dona. Bob is survived by his wife, Doris; son Jimmy; daughter Karen Opalek and son-in-law Bob Opalek; daughter Virginia W. Indelicato and son-in-law Richard Indelicato; granddaughter Jennifer Geddes, her husband Sean; granddaughter Patricia Godby, her husband Chris and son Will; granddaughter Susan Opalek and son Austin; and grandson Jim Walters.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish may donate to Alzheimer’s Research or to the North Dallas Shared Ministries.


  • Visitation Sunday, September 14, 2014
  • Mass of Christian Burial Monday, September 15, 2014
  • Interment Monday, September 15, 2014

Robert William Dean

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Ken and Lilly Guenther

December 14, 2014

Dear Doris:
Lilly and I send our love and thanks for the enormously
supportive role that DCM Bob and you played after the accident in Chile.

We were at Ralph Dungan's memorial service in Washington a bit
earlier this year. We keep up with the Pogues, Eileen Carver and Vera and
Joe Benham. Martin Prochnik's son George has just published a well
received new book on Stefan Zweig which is also a story about his father.
Also with Ann Cale and with Dr. Fierro's family. Baby Christine just
celebrated her 50th. Our two grandkids are in college.
Merry Christmas with profound gratitude. Ken and Lilly Guenther

Patricia Levy Simoes

September 22, 2014

Dear Doris,
I sympathize with you.
Patricia(Dadiche´s daughter)

Tom Poulos

September 14, 2014

Dear Doris and family

As Bob's stay among us comes to a close, I'd like to share some thoughts with you.

Bob was an inspiration to many, myself included. His gift to say the right things at the right time in the right way is a skill I search for now as I try to describe what he meant to others.

His calm, thoughtful nature, his ability to find something good in everyone, his reluctance to speak ill of others, while still doing his duty to God, country and family have set a high standard for the rest of us to follow.

I'll provide an example: Bob was in a conversation whose subject was someone anyone else would have considered a mutton-headed dolt. Bob described him as "lacking focus". A true diplomat.

As Bob takes on his next post, this time directly for his Creator, I expect he is trying to make everyone comfortable, having kind words for all and asking, as he did here, what can I do to help out?

September 14, 2014

Life seems so short when we lose someone close our heart. Family and friends will be by your side to support you and to remember the good times. Heartfelt condolences - Jas 4:14

Ana Maria Goncalves

September 14, 2014

Dear Doris May, our condolences.
Gabriel and Ana Maria Goncalves