OBITUARY

Joseph Dean Robertson, D.D.S.

June 21, 1917February 5, 2019

Joseph Dean Robertson DDS, 101, passed away Tuesday, February 5, 2019. He was born June 21, 1917 in Lark, North Dakota. He was Oklahoma’s first pedodontist and had practiced pediatric dentistry in Oklahoma City for 63 years.

One of Oklahoma’s most revered dentists and educators, Dr. Robertson was a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas and attended the University of Texas where he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. After only two years of undergraduate study, he was accepted at Baylor University Dental School graduating in the top ten percentile of his class in 1941.

After a one-year pedodontic residence program at Texas Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, he joined the U.S. Army Air Corps being discharged four years later with the rank of Major.

On September 9, 1944 he married his beloved wife Juanita “Skippy” Lucille Anderson at Frederick Army Air Field in a loving relationship that was to last seventy years.

He later earned a Master’s Degree in Education Summa Cum Laude from the University of Central Oklahoma.

He began his private practice in 1947 and then in 1976 joined the teaching faculty of the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry. In 1988, at the age of 70, he re-joined his friend and former partner Dr. Don Haskins in private practice and continued until his retirement in June of 2010, 2 weeks shy of his 93rd birthday.

He was past president of the Rotary Club of Oklahoma City, the Southwestern Society of Pedodontists and the Oklahoma State Dental Association. He was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Rotary Club of Oklahoma City and later presented the “Heavy Lifting Award” for his dedication to Rotary.

In 1988 the University of Oklahoma School of Dentistry honored Dr. Robertson by establishing, the J. Dean Robertson Society, a private annual support group for the College of Dentistry.

He was the recipient of the Oklahoma Dental Association’s James A. Saddoris Lifetime Achievement Award and the Regents Alumni Award for his numerous contributions to the University of Oklahoma and to his profession.

Dr. Robertson received two Outstanding Clinical Teacher awards and had two Oklahoma University College of Dentistry yearbooks dedicated to him. He was named the Oklahoma Dental Association’s Dentist of the Year.

A championship swimmer at the University of Texas, Dr. Robertson continued his love of swimming and also became a passionate photographer. He was a longtime member of the Mayfair Dance Club.

He had served on the boards of American Fidelity and was an active member of Westminster Presbyterian Church serving as a Deacon, Elder and Trustee.

He was an avid follower of OU football and FOX News.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife Juanita “Skippy”, parents Horace Oakley and Annah Dean Robertson, sister Georgia Helen Robertson and daughters Julie Dean Robertson Leverett and Kathy Lou Robertson Cox.

He is survived by daughters Mirinda Anne Hyde of Oklahoma City and Sally Kern and husband Mickey of Edmond. Grandchildren Anne Cope and husband John of Yuma, AZ, Julia Reigeluth and husband Stuart of Brussels, Belgium, Dr. Joseph Tyler Leverett and wife, Gina, of Gulfport Mississippi, Whitney Dean Elrod and husband, Cory, of New Braunfels, TX; Katie Finley and husband, Dr. Tom of Tulsa; Emily Garrett and husband, Rob of Edmond; Dr. Joseph Bridger Cox and wife Michelle of Oklahoma City; Courtney Cox Davidson and husband, Guy of Savannah, GA.

Great grandchildren are Ava and Julia Cope, Carson, Keegan and Kennedy Leverett, Leverett, Sylvie and Bridger Elrod, Porter, Campbell and Ford Finley, Griffin and Hudson Garrett, Townsend and Anna Louise Davidson. As well as nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held 2:00 pm Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at Westminster Presbyterian Church. The family would like to thank Crystal and Melisha for their loving care. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church or the J. Dean Robertson Society.

  • FAMILY

  • Horace Oakley Robertson, Father
  • Annah Wilson Robertson, Mother
  • Mirinda Anne Hyde, Daughter
  • Sally & Mickey Kern, Daughter
  • Anne & John Cope, Granddaughter
  • Julia & Stuart Reigeluth, Granddaughter
  • Dr. Joseph Tyler & Gina Leverett, Grandson
  • Whitney Dean & Cory Elrod, Granddaughter
  • Katie & Dr. Tom Finley, Granddaughter
  • Emily & Rob Garrett, Granddaughter
  • Dr. Joseph Bridger & Michelle Cox, Grandson
  • Courtney Cox & Guy Davidson, Granddaughter
  • He is also survived by his great grandchildren, Ava and Julia Cope, Carson, Keegan and Kennedy Leverett, Leverett, Sylvie and Bridger Elrod, Porter, Campbell and Ford Finley, Griffin and Hudson Garrett, Townsend and Anna Louise Davidson. As well as nieces and nephews.

Services

  • Memorial Service Wednesday, February 13, 2019
REMEMBERING

Joseph Dean Robertson, D.D.S.

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Caryl Parsons

February 12, 2019

Dr. J. Dean Robertson, DDS, M. Ed.

I’m betting that I have typed that at least a zillion times in my life…

Today as was every other time ... it is my honor.💔

Our hearts are broken, ....
but his is renewed!

At 101 he has met face to face whom he served, and has kissed his beloved Skippy... and Heaven’s celebration of his homecoming is upon us.

A mentor, an employer, a leader, an influencer, a friend, a confidant, an extremely important voice in raising Eric, an example of a giver/doers life, well lived in service to others...all in effort to glorify God and be his masters hands on earth.

We all use the phrase when someone passes away…

“Well they’ve earned their wings now”…

There are some however...who walked among us, who earned theirs while here on earth with us.

Those of us fortunate enough to be part of his team observed this godly soul treat other people’s children in the way Jesus did, and treated EVERY child as if they were the most important patient he had, because to him... they were.

He was a legendary husband… And with patience and love of the Lord raised four absolutely beautiful daughters… Who adored him…❤️

I am also grateful… That through osmosis, and a lifetime of milling through a children’s dental office before and after school, our son Eric was immersed in excellence… Right off the bat… And saw firsthand how it’s supposed to look… How one behaves… And how a doctor should treat a patient… He has some seriously huge shoes to fill in that way.

He was/is the example I still lay my template upon to see if I measure up.... in most every part of life...

God Bless you and thank you
Dr. Robertson....

Fred Benenati

February 12, 2019

J. Dean Robertson was a figurative giant of a man, professionally, as well as being a husband and a father. Few if any have done more for dentistry in Oklahoma than this fine person. I noted that he was a Rotarian as well as a pedodontist. He always exemplified the finest level of what a Rotarian espouses: Service above Self. One of the greatest compliments I ever received was to be entrusted to the care of his beloved wife Skippy in providing dental treatment for her, early on in my teaching career at OUCD. The state of Oklahoma is a better place due to his presence. Blue skies and tail winds, Dean!
Fred Benenati,
Norman

Jim Murtaugh

February 11, 2019

Dean was the consummate professional--clinician, mentor, teacher, student, colleague and friend--and the very definition of a gentleman. He was without peer in our profession and our specialty. A life well lived. Rest in peace.

Frank Miranda

February 11, 2019

I've had many role models throughout my career in dentistry and dental education. I learned technical competence from some, clinical skills from others, and teaching tips from still others. From Dean I learned empathy, caring, and a sense of community. In many respects that is the greatest of gifts. His lifelong commitment to the service of others was truly inspirational. In a spotlight article I wrote about Dean in 2007 I referred to him as one of my all-time heroes. He still is. He always will be. Rest in peace, my friend.

Jerry Miller

February 10, 2019

He was an icon in the profession of dentistry. He’s principals of ethics and professionalism will be emulated and remembers forever. Dean was my mentor as he was too many of us. A true friend. He is I replaceable and will be sorely missed.

Phil Abshere

February 8, 2019

Absolutely a man of distinction. My parents and J Dean and Skippy were chums long before my dental career began (a few weeks ago…). As an aside, I know he was friends with everyone in Oklahoma and abroad. His contribution to pediatric dentistry, to ethical professionalism, and to the OUCOD cannot be measured.

Alan Cady

February 6, 2019

I am a legal immigrant into Oklahoma from Iowa Dental College in1977.
I remember Dean Robertson from ODA meetings our local andthe “Dallas Midwinter and then the Southwest Dental Conference. And Dean was always a fine Dentist but more importantly to those he mentored over the years. I know how much that meant long after meto Bob Bozalis and other Pediatric Dentists.
We, even us that are “immigrants”, were luck to know him the past, from 1978 till I had to leave after a car accident in Dallas going to an implant refresher at Baylor.
I had to stop after trying not to stop after only a few months and I was never blessed to see Dean Robertson again . I will get to see him in Heaven when the Lord Jesus Christ calls me. I am only here for Him. He kept me here for praising his Love and tender powe! My Pulmonary Fibrosis is still in me taking over half of my lungs, but he let me see t extra Christmases and going on 2 anniversaries.
God bless you all, and I will have so many waiting.
I am thankful knowing Dean is there and I am sure my dad is keeping him company!
Amen

Jack Sheets

February 6, 2019

Nicest man i ever met. And he always remembered our class and asked about us. He was one in a million.

Lee Eliot

February 6, 2019

Dr . Robertson taught me to build my practice through children and I will be blessed with many families. I’m so thankful for those conversations we shared and will miss him greatly.

Steve Hogg

February 6, 2019

The Definition of A Gentleman and A Scholar!! We are all blessed to have been the beneficiaries of Dr. Robertson's teachings. It is now our responsibility to carry on his wisdom to the succeeding generations of dentistry. God Bless !!

FROM THE FAMILY