Augustana Trustee Kirk Dean Dies at 65

The Augustana community is mourning the loss of Kirk Dean, a member of the Board of Trustees since 2007. Dean died on Saturday, May 4, at his home in Fargo, N.D., under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley. He was 65.

A native of Canton, S.D., Dean spent his career working in the financial services industry. He retired in 2004 as the regional president for Wells Fargo Bank in North Dakota and western Minnesota.

"Kirk was a trusted friend and valued supporter of Augustana. As a member of our Board, he shared his insights and ideas, honed over a long and successful career in business, with our campus community in an effort to encourage our continued growth and development as an institution of higher education. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family. Even though Kirk did not attend Augustana, he dearly loved this place and its people. He will be missed," said Rob Oliver, president.

He is survived by his wife, Stephanie; two sons, Timothy (Katherine) Dean, Yorktown, Va., and Gregory (Jami) Dean, Fargo, N.D.; a daughter, Sarah '00 (Michael '99) Hovda, Sartell, Minn.; a brother, Craig (Donna Murasky) Dean, Washington, D.C.; a sister, Jean (Stephen) Sahly, Sioux Falls, S.D.; and 10 grandchildren.

A memorial service is planned for 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 2, at Atonement Lutheran Church in Fargo.