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Dean served in WWII in the Army from 1942-1943. He earned a BS at North Texas State University in 1947 and a MS there in 1949; did postgrad work at MIT 1948-1949; and got a PhD from the University of Texas in 1963. He had his own design firm for his entire career, working from Dallas TX, Austin TX, and Lawrence KS. He taught at Oklahoma State University Stillwater, 1964-1976; and at the University of Kansas Lawrence 1976-1993, where he was architectural engineering chair 1989-1993, later named Professor Emeritus. He is the author of How to Solarize Your House. He worked on construction techniques for the moon using helium balloons to offset 5/6 of human weight. Occasionally, he was referred to as Dr. Dean.

1953 - 10263 Better Drive, Dallas TX. Sold in 2024.

1952 - 6879 Avalon Avenue, Dallas TX. Sold in 1999 to John Preston Brooks. For sale in 2024.

1953 - 6825 Blessing Drive, Dallas TX.  Sold in 2012 to Benjamin and Angela Williams.

1954 - The John and Constance Blain House, 10807 Cinderella Lane, Dallas TX. Built as the model home for Gump & Gaynier Construction. Sold in 1957 to B. E. and Marjorie Wilkerson. The Dallas Federal Savings & Loan Association owned the home in 1966. Sold in 1967 to Martin Duke and Katherine Gentry. Sold in 1970 to Brenda Stubel. Sold around 2017 to Robert Baldwin and Paul Echart.

1954 - The Freeman House, 10247 Rosser, Dallas TX. Sold to Lori Swalm.

1954 - 10924 Cinderella Lane, Dallas TX. Commissioned in 1953. Sold to Eric Boughton.

1954 - 10347 Rosser, Dallas TX. Sold to Cameron and Carli Scroggins.

1955 - The Ralph and Hildegarde Wilkinson House, 10816 Pinocchio, Dallas TX. Sold in 1989 to Damon and Sandra Nelson. Sold in 2003 to Charles and Melanie Embry. Sold in 2020 to Richard Hession and Fabiola Reyes.

1955 - aka Rhapsody House, 11116 Pinocchio, Dallas TX. The home was featured in the Parade of Homes in 1955 and was on WBAP-TV on July 15, 1955 featuring Dean and builder Gordon Nichols. Sold to John Ilzhoefer.

1955 - Hollywood Heights, Hollywood Avenue and McDaniel Drive, Shreveport LA.  L. L. Berard, developer. Built with Texcrete Haydite masonry units. 2-3 bedroom homes.  Public housing. 130 homes were the first phase of a 1,000 home subdivision.

1955 - The Ridgelea Hills Subdivision, sample house 6825 Springhill Road, Dallas TX. C. A. White, builder. Texcrete Haydite masonry, Holiday Hill Stone. 2500 sf. Sold  around 2014 to Alicia Thoms.


1956 - 11207 Snow White Drive, Dallas TX. Sold around 2014 to John Cox.




1957 - 10614 Royal Springs Drive, Dallas TX. Sold in 2011 to Gary Clatterbuck. Sold in 2020 to Theodora Poehls.

1957 - The Don and Mae Zimmerman House, 832 Westwood, Richardson TX. Sold to Will and Mariam Ballard.

1957 - 7230 Currin, Dallas TX. Sold to Carl and Claire Janak.


1957 - The Franklin Jackson House, 3232 South Ravinia, Dallas TX.  Sold in 2012 to Mitchell Clark, who did a restoration and added a pool.  Sold in 2024.


1962 - Duplexes in Tarrytown, Austin TX.  Status unknown.


Around 1962 - The Gardner DeWitt House, Dallas TX.   In 1964 the DeWitt's moved to Lawrence KS and had builder Tony Helm build a duplicate of the house.  Status unknown.


1978 - aka Sunpower House, Lawrence KS.  Developed by Kansas Power and Light.  Built in Lawrence by architect Robert Gould in 1977. In 1978 Dean was hired as a consultant to oversee improvements on the experimental home.  It was rented out to a family of 4 the first two years, then listed for sale in 1980. Status unknown.

Sources include: Paul Echart; Ed Murchison; Richard Hession.