Dr. Dean Leroy Johnson of Edmond, Okla., died Aug. 5, 2013.
Dean was born on Sept. 18, 1930 in Lock Haven to L. Sidney and Lulu Annabelle Shirk Johnson.
A graduate of Lock Haven High School, he completed his dental degree at Temple University in 1954.
Dr. Dean L. Johnson
Upon graduation, Dean began a 20-year career in the United States Navy, culminating with a deployment at the Naval Graduate Dental School in Bethesda, Md. where he taught removable prosthodontics and retired as Chief of Prosthodontics in 1974, while concurrently earning a Master's Degree in Higher Education at George Washington University.
In 1974 Dean began a second career on the faculty of the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry. During 20 years of teaching he authored numerous professional scientific publications and one textbook. He served as the Chairman of Removable Prosthodontics and the Director of the Graduate Prosthodontics program. He retired as professor emeritus in 1995.
He served his profession in various capacities including as president of the American College of Prosthodontics in 1982.
Dean's third career was as a farmer, well known locally for his premium fresh asparagus. He was a longtime member of Quail Springs United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City, Okla., involved in both the adult small group and as a longtime teacher of an adult Sunday school class.
Dean was preceded in death by his older brother, Ted.
Survivors include Sally, his wife of 60 years, at home; son Richard (Gay) Johnson of Edmond, Okla., daughter Katherine (Sid) Goodrich of Tulsa, Okla., son Douglas (Jackie) Johnson of Edmond, son Thomas (Lisa) Johnson of Park City, Utah; grandchildren Braydn and Katie Johnson of Edmond, Stuart and Emma Johnson of Park City, and Dean Goodrich of Tulsa; and great-grandchild Hudson Johnson of Edmond.
Memorial services were held Friday at Quail Springs United Methodist Church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oklahoma City, 1301 N.E. 14th St., Oklahoma City, Okla. 73117-2018 or online at www.rmhcokc.org/help/donate.