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John Dean scrapbook page and Purdue diploma

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSA 317

Scope and Contents

John I. Dean's 1940 Purdue University diploma, and one scrapbook page belonging to Major Dean.  The front page is titled "All Purdue Men,"  Lubbock Army Flying School, Lubbock Texas, May 1943.  The scrapbook second page (or back page) is titled: "My Advanced Flying School Instructor and Students, Lubbock Texas, June 1943."  Men identified in the photo are: L-R (standing) Bill Brucker, Al Edes, Burt Walkup (The Instructor), Me [John Irwin Dean], Paul Cooper. L-R (Kneeling), Fred Mays, Mike Bylene.


  • 1940-1943
  • Other: Date acquired: 08/10/2017


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Purdue University

Biographical / Historical

John Irwin Dean was born in Chicago, Illinois, November 27, 1918. He graduated from Purdue University in 1940 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. While at Purdue he was a member of Kappa Sigma, Cary Club, Debris, and the Student Senate. He entered Wharton in 1940, but when Pearl Harbor was bombed, he immediately joined the Army Air Force.

He underwent flight training at Laughlin Army Air Field, Lubbock, Texas, and trained in the Martin B-26 Marauder, a 2 engine medium bomber. The Marauder had a range of 1,000 miles and 6 hours flight time. It was known as the widow maker and flying coffin. Dean earned his wings as a B-26 bomber pilot in 1943.

Dean was a member of the 8th and 9th Air Force (originally they were the 8th and then were attached to the 9th), 394th Bomb Group – 587th Bombardment Squadron, 1943-1946. He flew his B-26 to England via South America and North Africa. He flew 35 missions over Germany and France. The 394th was deactivated in 1946. Dean was awarded the Bronze Star, the Silver Star and the Croix de Guerre.

After the war Dean lived in Chicago and went to work as a sales manager for Sterling Tool Products Company. He then accepted a position as Director of Marketing for, then fledgling operation, Dymo Products Company. He later moved to San Francisco. Dymo was acquired in 1978 by Esselte, a Swedish firm and the San Francisco office was closed.

John Irwin Dean passed in San Francisco, March 27, 2002.


2.00 items

2 folders (one OS) other_unmapped


John I. Dean's Purdue University 1940 diploma, and one scrapbook page containing photographs from Major Dean's training at Lubbock Army Flying School, Lubbock Texas, May 1943.

Source of Acquisition

Donated by Helene Ettelson, October 16, 2016

Method of Acquisition

Transferred to the Purdue University Archives via President Daniel's office.

Existence and Location of Originals

multi-part note content

Related Materials

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Processing Information

Material has been placed in acid free folders and boxes.
John Dean scrapbook page and Purdue diploma
Mary A. Sego
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

504 W. State Street
West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States