The Provost’s Office has been collecting donations to the Xaadas Gitalang dance group and Juneau Chapter of Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) in honor of Terry Dean.
June 22, 1950-February 27, 2011
Teresa Kathleen Hamilton Dean passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her loving family on February 27, 2011. She was born June 22, 1950 in Ketchikan, Alaska to Willis and Violet (Skulka) Hamilton Sr.
Terry grew up in Ketchikan where she attended elementary school at the old Main School. She graduated in 1969 from Ketchikan High School.
Terry married her soul mate, Kenneth M. Dean on June 14, 1969 at the Presbyterian Church in Ketchikan. They made their home in Juneau and were happily married for 41 years.
Terry was a Haida Eagle, Frog (Hlk’ya’anK’ust’a’n) and Sculpin. She was so very proud of her Haida lineage and was active in promotion of the Haida language and culture. She was a charter member of the Xaadas Gitalang dancers of Juneau; helping to form the dance group in 1984. She was a talented weaver of Haida basketry and ravenstail, and was a member of the Ravenstail Weaver’s Guild. Terry was a very talented artist, making regalia for herself and other family members.
Both Terry and Ken were active in the community and touched many lives. They organized and attended the very first PFLAG meeting in 1995, which was called to see if there was interest in forming a Juneau chapter of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. Terry and Ken were founders and became the core of PFLAG Juneau in the late 1990s and the years that followed. Terry assumed leadership roles and provided support for many parents and family members in the Juneau community. Terry's legacy will be her design work on the PFLAG Juneau banner and her logo suggestion for their chapter – "Love has no boundary". Terry and Ken also founded the local MS Society Support Group, organizing the 1st MS walk with Senator Egan as Master of Ceremonies. Terry and Ken both served the Douglas Lion’s Club for over 20 years and Terry was a member of the Juneau Lioness Club. She managed the Loan Closet which loaned medical equipment and gave encouragement to the disabled community in Juneau and was sponsored by the Douglas Lion’s Club. Terry and Ken were instrumental in creating the 1st handicapped accessible trail in Juneau, which runs along the Mendenhall River.
Terry worked for the State of Alaska Department of Fish and Game until 1983, when she joined the University of Alaska Chancellor’s Office. She continued to serve on the administrative staff of the Provost Office until February of this year. Terry has the distinction of being the longest serving staff member of the office.
The Provost’s Office has been collecting donations to the Xaadas Gitalang dance group and Juneau Chapter of Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) in honor of Terry Dean. On Friday, April 1st we plan to forward what has been collected to these organizations. If you wish to make a contribution please drop it by before this date or mail it to the Office of the Provost, 11120 Glacier Highway, Juneau, Alaska 99801. (Please send checks only; no cash.)
Alternately, you can send your contributions directly to the organizations at the following addresses:
- Xaadas Gitalang, c/o Vicki Soboleff, 2924 Simpson Avenue, Juneau, Alaska 99801
- Juneau Chapter of the Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), c/o Jonathan Anderson, 9162 Jerry Drive, Juneau, Alaska 99801)
You can also send condolence cards to the family at the following address: Ken Dean and family, P.O. Box 210528, Auke Bay, AK 99821.