SUNY Fredonia To Honor Thomas Dean With Gathering, Memorial Fund

FREDONIA – The State University at Fredonia will hold a gathering to remember the life of Thomas Dean, a 21-year-old English major who died suddenly on Saturday, Nov. 2.

The event, to be sponsored by the English Department, will be Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 4 p.m. in the Williams Center’s Horizon Room. Students and other campus community members are invited to come to the event, which will feature a variety of readings, poems and other works to remember Dean.

Also, family members have planned a celebration of his life at the Cornell Cooperative Extension, 4487 Lake Ave., in Lockport, at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Campus and community members are welcome to attend. The university will be lowering its flags to half-staff that day as well.

In addition, the Thomas Dean Memorial Fund has been set up through the Fredonia College Foundation to honor his memory. His family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations would be accepted to the fund, which will support future generations of students within the English Department. To contribute, call the foundation at 673-3321 or contribute online at

The campus’ Counseling Center in LoGrasso Hall continues to be available to speak with any students and other campus community members struggling to deal with Dean’s passing.