Dean Elton Neal
May 31, 1934 – May 23, 2015
Dean E. Neal, M.D. the devoted, caring, and compassionate eye doctor who was still seeing his patients through 52 years of service, unexpectedly passed away from a stroke on Saturday, May 23, 2015. Dean was born in Tryon, Nebraska on May 31, 1934 to parents Charles B. Neal and Mildred C. Neal. He is survived by his wife Sharon, sons Eric, Greg, and Tony, daughter Sylvia, and 10 active darling grandchildren. Dean is also survived by his brothers Tom Neal, M.D., Stan Neal, M.D., sister Beverly Neal, daughters-in-law Teresa Neal and Natalia Neal, and sisters-in-law Nancy Neal and Elaine Neal, and many nieces and nephews.
Dean’s life was a legacy of big dreams. He had a combination of Irish wit, a German side driven with a deep work ethic, and some Native American Indian, which truly made him a warrior. He fought to the very end always believing that wherever he went it was with the Grace of God leading the way.
His family moved to Oregon in 1943 and settled in Milwaukie where he attended Battin Grade School, Milwaukie Junior High, and then Milwaukie High School class of ’51 where he graduated Valedictorian. He went on to Oregon State with a scholarship in Engineering and was one of the 6 top students, which earned him a summer job working on the construction of the Banfield Freeway. His interest then shifted to medicine and he attended OHSU medical school where he graduated in 1959. He went on to complete his internship and residency in Ophthalmology at Los Angeles County Hospital.
He and his great friend Russ Stodd, M.D. were the visionaries for The East Portland Eye Clinic where his dream for great delivery of eye care became a driving force and then a reality when in 1968 he opened a beautiful clinic, which was architecturally designed specifically for ophthalmology. Dean made sure to equip the clinic with then state-of-the-art technology, which included a Wang Computer System. The computer was a behemoth, cranking out lots of noise and heat, but Dean always insisted on having the latest and greatest equipment for taking care of his patients.
The U.S. Army called him to service during the Vietnam War, where he was stationed at Madigan Hospital Base in Washington. After his service in the military was completed, he returned to his private practice in Portland. His career in Ophthalmology continued throughout his entire life. In the past decade, he has been practicing at the Gresham office he constructed in 1975, where he has been enjoying every day of practice along with his supportive and loving staff, Michele, Mary Jean, Jamie, Dr. Jung, and Ginger. He felt blessed by their presence.
He was a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, The Multnomah Athletic Club, and the Golden Masters. He contributed to and loved the St. Joseph's Indian School for Chamberlain, South Dakota.
Dean will be celebrated at the church he loved, Lake Grove Presbyterian Church 4040 Sunset Dr, Lake Oswego, OR 97035 on Saturday, June 27th 2015 at 11:00 a.m.
Saturday, June 27, 2015
Dean Elton Neal
Genita (Marek) Limke
October 12, 2015
Dr. Neal was my eye doctor from childhood until I moved out of state as an adult. I have fond memories of him "catching" me when I fainted nearly every time he put drops in my eyes to dilate them. He'd be glad to know that I can finally handle dilation drops now! Took many years, however.
My condolences to Mrs. Neal, Greg, Tony, and the rest of the family. Dr. Neal was a great man and will be missed.
J.M. (Jim) Schierholz
June 19, 2015
Sorry to hear of the loss of a fellow '51' classmate. Dean was a good friend to have during our High School years. He will be greatly missed as he continues his journey. My condolences to all the family....
June 16, 2015
Dr. Neal you were not just the whole family (three generations worth) but you were kind and knew each patient. You were soothing when news was not so good and had the sense of humor when things were fine. I know that my entire family will miss you. God Bless you and be with your family.
June 16, 2015
Dr Neal was the most hard working, loving, compassionate and the kindest man I have ever met. I had the pleasure of working for him for the last 15 years. I wouldn't change a thing I will miss seeing him and his bright smile everyday! I love you Dr Neal and I will miss you always.
June 15, 2015
Dr. Neal was truly a great man and will be missed by all who had a chance to know him. I was fortunate to be his personal fitness trainer for several years (until 2 years ago when I retired for medical reasons). During the time I knew him, he worked very hard to become his absolute best, to be stronger and preserve his health. I looked up to him for his diligence in unwavering pursuit of fitness.
My heart goes out to his family and many friends. We will all miss him very much.
June 15, 2015
A Daughter only gets one Father, and done well, one is enough. I miss you, Dad, my Father, Grandfather of my children.
June 14, 2015
My parents, Bob and Caterina Gattman, were friends of Dr. Neal and Sharon and worked on PTA events together. They provided occasional daycare for son Tony, and years before that I babysat Greg who was a classmate of my brother David Gattman. Everyone in my family sought their eye are from Dr. Neal. He was a kind, compassionate man. He will be greatly missed.
June 8, 2015
My cousin Dean, I wish I could have known you better. I am sure God has welcomed you home and we will meet in heaven someday.
June 2, 2015
My Dear Brother Dean,
I miss you so much, but I am comforted by the great memories I have of you. I hope you have been reunited with all the family and friends that have gone before you. Rest in Peace.