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June 13, 2003 - Image 104

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-06-13

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The family of

Lee Avery Wei s entha 1

thanks the community for

`The Governor' Loses
Valiant Fight

its outpouring of support.

May his memor y be a blessing to all

who knew him and we find solace as we

rededicate ourselves to his values.



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Dean deserved "the highest medals of
the land" for the way he fought his bat-
tle against leukemia, with "no self-pity,
s a lawyer, Harold Dean spe- always trying new ways to beat the dis-
ease, with strong, unconditional love for
cialized in workers compen-
his wife and family. "
sation claims. He saw him-
Grandchildren Rebecca Pad and
self as "a modern Robin
Joshua Dean pointed out that their
Hood, taking money from the wealthy
grandfather was caring and giving, and
and giving it to more
always taught them to live
deserving people," Rabbi
by the Golden Rule.
Joseph Krakoff of
Because of a weakened
Congregation Shaarey
immune system, Mr. Dean
Zedek said at Mr. Dean's
wasn't allowed to hug, kiss
or shake hands, but the
"But he also gave gifts of
children improvised by
the heart and soul to his
touching elbows with him.
family and friends, and —
Dr. Louis Soverinsky of
because of these strong rela-
Bloomfield Township, Mr.
tionships — helped trans-,
Dean's friend of 40 years,
form their lives into
called him his "best friend,
brighter, happier, more satis- Harold Dean
the brother I never had."
fying ones."
He told how his friend
Mr. Dean, 66, of
tricked him into getting to the phone in
Bloomfield Hills, died at home June 5,
his busy office by telling the receptionist
2003, after a nine-year struggle with
that "the governor" was on the line.
leukemia. He was described by Rabbi
"Harold had nicknames for everyone —
Krakoff as a "selfless man with great
Lefty, Hawk, Mouse — and he was
integrity and strong reputation, a man
always the governor," said Dr.
of gifts for everyone, who fought the
Soverinsky, whom Mr. Dean called
disease the way he lived his life —
valiantly, not giving up until the very
Mr. Dean had two careers — as a
pharmacist and a lawyer. After graduat-
Rabbi Krakoff and several members
ing from Detroit's Central High School
of Mr. Dean's family who spoke at the
in 1954, winning a varsity letter in ten-
funeral told of the little things that
nis, he attended Wayne State
endeared him to everyone: bringing
Pharmacy School, then
candy to the nurses during treatments
Drugs in Detroit. But in
for his disease; sending oranges from
his early 30s, he decided to go to
Florida back to friends in Michigan;
University of Detroit's Law School at
keeping track of phone calls by friends
night and formed the firm of Roth and
to his wife of 44 years, Rosalie, then
Dean in Oak Park, with his brother-in-
making sure she returned them; taking
Sanford Roth, who died in 2000.
her on surprise trips for their special
Mr. Dean kept in touch with employees
wedding anniversaries; hiding the
afikomen (matzah) for the grandchildren at the firm as recently as two weeks ago.
"He was a creative entrepreneur who
to find at Passover, but giving each of
got involved in many business ventures
them equal money so they would all be
and always kept his word about every-
thing," said his wife, Rosalie. "He oper-
"To me, he was the best role model a
ated the Corn Popper popcorn store at
person could have, a guiding force, a
12 Mile and Evergreen in Southfield for
pillar of strength," said his son, Dr.
several years, sold Beatles T-shirts, 'Go
Steven Dean of West Bloomfield.
Blue' hats for University of Michigan
"He was an important influence on
games and newspapers for the
my life, a warm, caring, sensitive man,
who taught us the importance of Jewish Goodfellows."
Well known in the legal community
traditions in our lives," said his daugh-
as a champion of the rights of injured
ter, Michelle Wolfe of West Bloomfield.
workers and an avid golfer, Mr. Dean
Another daughter, Rhonda Pad of
ran the Workers Comp Open Golf
West Bloomfield, read an anonymous
letter to her mother, telling how Mr.
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