Dan Dean

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameDaniel Ely "Dan"•Dean
Used nameDan•Dean
Born3 January 1909 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania (USA)
Died13 September 2004 in Naples, Florida (USA)
Measurements179 cm / 66 kg
AffiliationsPenn Quakers, Philadelphia (USA)
NOC United States


Dan Dean graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business in 1933 with a degree in economics. He was third at the 1932 AAU Meet in the 5K, which doubled that year as the US Olympic Trials, and qualified him for the Games.

Dean served in the US Navy during World War II, reaching the rank of lieutenant commander. After his military career he joined Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company as a chartered life underwriter and became a life member of the million dollar round table. He and his wife settled in Naples, Florida later in life where he won several club championships in golf at Moorings Country Club. He also served as a volunteer on many committees at Moorings Park in Naples, especially helping with the AARP-IRS Tax Program there.

Personal Best: 5K – 15:12.2 (1932).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1932 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Dan Dean
5,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 8