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Sad news - Anne Dean

posted Jun 27, 2018, 4:03 PM by HPVIS ML Hancock Point Village Improvement Society   [ updated Jun 27, 2018, 4:05 PM ]

Obituary:  Anne Parmelee Reed Dean 


Anne died on June 2, 2018 in her 96th year. The daughter of Edward Bliss Reed and Elizabeth Burd Thompson Reed, she was born January 13, 1922 in New Haven, CT. She was predeceased by her husband of 58 years, Lyall Dean,  in 2012, brother William Thompson Reed in 1929, sister Mary Bliss Reed Crocker in 1963, and sister Burd Reed Helmer in 1983. Anne attended the Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, NY, from which she graduated in 1939, entering Vassar College that fall. At Vassar she majored in English, minored in Art History, and greatly enjoyed the tutelage of Professor Clarence Chatterton. On his recommendation, she spent two summers at the art school of Guy Pene du Bois in Stonington, CT.


A granddaughter of Mary Thaw Thompson, Vassar 1877, Anne graduated in 1943 and went in to work in the Army Signal Corps at Arlington Hall, Virginia, until 1946. Returning to New Haven, she painted at the Brush and Palette Club before traveling to London and Paris in 1948 to further her painting studies. She received several awards for her portrait painting.


In New York City she studied at the Art Student's League for many years. In 1954 she married Lyall Dean of Worcester, MA. After a honeymoon in Scotland, they returned to New York, where they lived for 54 years until they moved to North Branford CT in 2008.


Anne loved beauty in every form, including piano playing, singing in choruses, poetry, concerts, theater, ballet, travel to Indonesia to see its traditional dance, and volunteering at The New York Metropolitan Museum. She gave generously of her time and energy to the many organizations she supported. She cared deeply for her lifelong Maine community, Hancock Point, and spent many happy hours working in her garden on Frenchman Bay.


She leaves devoted nieces and nephews: Marinda Beinert of Palm Coast FL, Betsy Nickerson of Southbury, CT, Sheila and Bruce Denny-Brown of Scarborough, ME, and Ben Crocker and Gladys Garcia of Portland, ME, as well as many grand nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, gifts in her memory may be made to the Frenchman Bay Conservancy or Planned Parenthood.

Anne’s service will be on Thursday, August 2 at 4 pm at the HP chapel, with a reception following at her house.