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ANTHONY ALEXANDER DEAN

Born: June 25, 1940
Died: March 7, 2016

Tony Dean was born in New York, son of Frederic Max and Rebecca Whitney Dean. His father was employed in the hotel business and the family moved frequently in his youth. Tony graduated from San Marino (California) High School.

At Yale Tony was a member of Branford College where he served as a college aide and played soccer, baseball and softball. He was a scholarship student. He was a member of the WYBC executive staff and Vice-Chairman of the board in 1961. He was also a member of the Desert Club, in the Football Band and earned his fencing numerals. Tony was a Philosophy Honors major, on Dean's List and a ranking scholar.

Following graduation Tony attended Yale Law School, was appointed to the Yale Law Journal and was awarded his L.L.B. in 1965. He was selected as a Fulbright Scholar and studied German antitrust law at the University of Cologne from 1965 to 1966. Tony was fluent in German.

On his return to New York he joined the law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore. Subsequently he was a partner in Dunnington Bartholow & Miller from 1977 to 1980 and later in Windels, Marx, Davies & Ives and the Gibbons, P.C. firm. He specialized in antitrust, corporate and commercial litigation and was a frequent lecturer on international arbitration and litigation.

He was a member of the Board of Directors of the federal court's Eastern District Litigation Fund for 19 years and its president for 11 years. He was also a member of the Federal Bar Council and the Committee on Second Circuit Courts. He was admitted to and practiced in the state and federal courts in New York and New Jersey.

In addition to his activities in the law, Tony was a longtime member of the Board of Regents of Long Island College Hospital and the Continuum of Health Partners Board of Trustees as well as the Yale Club of New York. He was a frequent attendee at the monthly class luncheon. Tony also was a warden at Grace Church in Brooklyn Heights.

Tony married Joanna August 24, 1967 and they settled in Brooklyn Heights where they raised two sons, Alexander (born in 1968) and James (born in 1973). Both sons followed Tony to Yale, Alexander graduating in 1990 and James in 1994. Both were also world class squash players and starred at Yale and in national competitions. Joanna graduated from South College in 1965 and earned her M.A.T. in Education in 1966. Her career is in development for non-profits.

Your scribe and Tony were roommates in the summer of 1964 in New York City while we both worked as summer associates at city law firms. We shared a 4th floor brownstone walk-up in the midtown theatre district, since long gone in what is now the hotel district. Some of our parties and lady visitors were memorable, but I give Tony all the credit. Then in the summer of 1966 I met Tony in Cologne and we traveled together in Germany and in Denmark. Those were good times.

Tony was a wonderful friend with a subtle sense of humor and he became a first-class lawyer.

Classmate Aaron Etra, his WYBC Chairman, provided an epitaph which captured Tony's spirit: "He was unfailingly upbeat, enthusiastic, wise and contributory. From our days at Yale until the last time I saw him, Tony was the personification of a friendly and courtly gentleman, a person one was fortunate to have known and blessed to have had as a colleague and counselor. His smile is a lasting memory."

Tony died March 7, 2016, at home in Brooklyn Heights surrounded by his family after a courageous fight against cancer. He is survived by Joanna, Alexander and James, four grandchildren, his sister Whitney and brother-in-law Andrew Bergman. He was predeceased by his parents and his brother Rick.




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