Biography of Dr. Asa W. Dean
North Central Ohio Biographies

Asa William Dean, D. D. S. Outstanding among the successful young professional men of North Central Ohio is Doctor Dean, who is a member of one of the oldest and best known families of Medina County. He was born in Lafayette Township, Medina County, Aug. 31, 1895, the son of David H. and Ella S. (Derrick) Dean.

David H. Dean was born on the old Dean homestead in Medina County, the son of A. B. Dean, who had settled there in 1856. The father of A. B. Dean was David Dean, who was born in Bennington County, Vt., Aug. 31, 1797. He came to Ohio in 1824 and settled in Portage County, where his son, A. B. Dean, was born May 25, 1831. The latter was married in Portage County in 1856 and came to Medina County, where he acquired 215 acres of land, which is now the southwestern corner of Lafayette Township. He became one of the prosperous farmers of the county and was widely known. His son, David H., father of the subject of this sketch, also followed farming and stock raising on the old Dean homestead and became successful as a breeder of Morgan horses and pure bred Jersey cattle. He married Miss Ella S. Derrick, and they were the parents of the following children: Ida, married J. E. Warner, lives at Lodi, Ohio; Ada, married Thomas Longsdorf, lives in Westfield Township, Medina County; Grace, married Grover Rice, lives at Lodi, Ohio; Asa W., the subject of this sketch; and David Gale, mention of whom is made below.

David Gale Dean was born May 19, 1897. He is a graduate of Lodi High School, class of 1916, and attended Ohio State University, where he spent two years in the study of pharmacy before taking up dentistry. He received the degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery in 1923, and engaged in practice at Lodi until 1930, when he came to Medina to become assoéiated with his brother, Asa William.

Asa William Dean grew up on his father's farm and received his early education in the district schools. He attended Lodi High School and after his graduation in 1913 took a business course at Dyke School of Business, Cleveland. He subsequently entered Western Reserve University, from which he received the degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery in 1917. At the outbreak of the World War Doctor Dean volunteered for service and was attached to the Dental Corps until his discharge in December, 1918. He practiced for a period of five years at Lodi and established offices in Medina in 1923, where he has met with unusual success. He and his brother have offices in the Gazette Building.

On Oct. 9, 1920, Doctor Dean was united in marriage with Miss Mary Alice Best, the daughter of John and Elva Best, of Medina. Mr. Best is retired. To Doctor and Mrs. Dean have been born three daughters: Patricia Ann, Lorna May, and Deborah Jane.

Doctor Dean is an attendant of the Episcopal Church, and belongs to Harrisville Lodge, F. & A. M., No. 137, of Lodi, Ohio; Medina Chapter, R. A. M., No. 30; Delta Sigma Delta fraternity; and Kiwanis Club. He also belongs to the Northern Ohio Dental Association. Politically, he is a Republican.

The Dean family originally came from Scotland, being descended from David Dean, who came to the United States about the middle of the eighteenth century and settled in Vermont.

History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931

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