Lawrence Erle Dean, 78, of Damascus, Maryland passed away on Saturday, August 13, 2022, at his home of 43 years.
Born in Providence, Rhode Island on February 8, 1944, Larry was the only child of Dr. Harold Dean and Lenora Owen Dean. He graduated from Marietta High School in Marietta, Ohio. An early interest in electronics and ham radio led to his higher education and long career in the computer industry. Larry received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Case Western Reserve University and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University. After a distinguished career at IBM Corporation and Lockheed Martin Corporation, Larry retired in 2008.
After meeting in graduate school, Larry married Marie Walsh in 1970. Larry was a kind, generous, and devoted husband, father, and grandfather. His memory and legacy will endure and be celebrated by his loving wife of 52 years, Marie; his two children: Jonathan Dean (Allyson) and Michelle DePinho (David); and his six grandchildren: Luke, Rosemary, Laura, Owen, Joseph, and Anna.
After living in New Jersey early in their marriage, Larry and his family moved to Maryland in 1979 where they have resided for over 40 years. Larry was the longstanding president of the Spring Garden Neighborhood Association in Damascus, successfully creating a sense of community and communication within the neighborhood. Larry was incredibly skilled and handy. He could fix, build, or restore nearly anything. The tools in his basement are a testament to his many years of tinkering.
Larry’s hobbies and passions included photography and traveling. Larry was an exceptional photographer, capturing images from his many travels, everyday life, nature, and family. He was an active, award-winning member of the Gaithersburg Camera Club for more than two decades, often exhibiting his amazing photographs. He combined this passion for photography with his travels as often as he could. Over the years, he enjoyed traveling with Marie across the United States and to fifty different countries around the world, including Italy and Switzerland in recent weeks on a postponed 50th anniversary trip.
Visitation for family, friends, and neighbors will be Sunday, August 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Molesworth-Williams P.A. Funeral Home, 26401 Ridge Road, Damascus, Maryland 20872.
A Funeral Mass for Larry will be celebrated on Monday, August 22 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, 9420 Damascus Road, Damascus, Maryland 20872. Inurnment will be private at a later time.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Larry’s honor can be made to Damascus HELP at P.O. Box 126, Damascus, Maryland 20872 or DamascusHELP.org, or the building fund of St. Paul’s Catholic Church, 9420 Damascus Road, Damascus, Maryland 20872 or StPaulDamascus.org.
Online condolences may be shared with his family on our website at www.molesworthwilliams.com
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