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In memory of Dean H. Wilson

image imageDean was born on July 2, 1946 in Sidney, MT and graduated from Great Falls High School in 1964 excelling as both a student and a multi-sport athlete. He graduated from the University of Montana with a BA (High Honors) and MA in Anthropology (Distinguished Graduate). Earning his commission as an ROTC Distinguished Graduate, Dean entered the active duty Air Force in 1970 and began 43 years of uniformed and civilian service with 33 of them at the US Air Force Academy.

Dean was an Associate Professor and Executive Officer for the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership and was selected to get a PhD in Leadership ad Human Behavior at United States International University in San Diego, CA. He went on to become Registrar and later the Associate Dean for Student Academic Affairs. Dean became the institutional bedrock that all of the other senior leaders relied on daily. The hallmark of Dean’s outstanding career was his amazing positive attitude and inspirational leadership making lifelong impact on countless friends as a mentor.
image imageDean had a zest for his friendships, travel and living life enjoying them all to the fullest. Although he was proud of his Montana upbringing, he loved Colorado more than anyone, often commenting “It’s a glorious day in Colorado!” Perhaps the greatest legacy he leaves with his passing was his desire and commitment to make a positive difference in the lives of others – something Dean prayed for each and every day.

Dean was a true warrior in his fight against sarcoma. He became symptomatic shortly after perfectly executing his 27th Air Force Academy graduation. He combined the deep love and support from his wife Nancy with his faith and pure physical strength to battle the difficult symptoms and numerous medical procedures. Dean and Nancy were truly inspirational in their daily battle suffering frequent setbacks but never losing faith they could conquer this cancer.


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