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    KEEPING IT IN THE FAMILY

    Many of our alumni have carried on their family traditions by attending Dean Academy, Dean Junior College, and/or Dean College.  We feature two current students who each have a family member who attended Dean.  More will be included in future editions of the Dean Bulletin.  If you know of a legacy family who should be featured, please let us know. It can be siblings, parent/child, grandparents, aunts/uncles, etc.

    Father and Son:  Andrew R. Gomez ’76 and Ryan Gomez ‘08

    Following graduation from Dean Junior College in 1976, Andy Gomez went to American University in Washington, D.C. He served as a policeman in Falmouth, MA, and later as an insurance investigator. He began a career with Allstate Insurance Company where he has been for more than 25 years and has some 10,000 clients. 

    Thanks to his early Dean experience, Andy Gomez ‘76 was transformed from an insecure freshman in the mid-1970s to an enthusiastic board member in 2007, serving the College that recognized his potential and helped him reach his goals.  He hopes the same for his son, Ryan, a freshman at Dean. Andy and his wife Barbara live in Norfolk, CT, and also have a daughter, Chelsea, who graduated from Muhlenberg College and is currently an underwriter for Aetna Insurance.

    Ryan is a Business major and enjoys his classes in Accounting and Introduction to Business. “It feels good to do well in academics,” says Ryan, and he is getting plenty of support from faculty and staff. As a result, Ryan has been more focused, motivated, and driven to do well. He plans to get more involved with co-curricular activities second semester and hopes to attend Boston College in the future. 

    Sisters:  Heather Jackson ’05 and Amy Jackson ‘08

    Heather Jackson is currently a double major in Sociology and Business Management at Framingham State College. She also works full time at Dick’s Sporting Goods in Natick, MA. She plans to graduate in December 2007 and hopes to work in the field of economics.

    Heather credits her experience at Dean for her ability to balance her school and work. At Dean, she majored in Criminal Justice, and was a member of the Criminal Justice Club. She was a Student Ambassador, played softball and lacrosse and was the Team Manager for the football team. 

    She says that Dean was a great bridge between high school and a state college. “The Dean Faculty truly want you to succeed. All of my professors knew me by name and genuinely cared about my academics and co-curricular involvement.”  
        
    After visiting her sister at college, Amy Jackson knew that Dean was the right place for her. “Heather only had good things to say about Dean and when I visited her, I always had a great time.” When it came time for Amy to make a decision about college, she says “Dean just felt like the right decision.” She is a Communications major and is following in her sister’s footsteps as the Team Manager of the football team. She says that Dean is living up to all of her expectations.  She is expected to graduate next May and plans to transfer to a state college in Massachusetts and major in Fashion.  

     

     

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