Dean, a native of Florida, graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in civil engineering. In 30 years of service with Florida State Highway Department, he became noted as a pioneer in the design and use of pre-stressed concrete members in highway bridges. He died in 1965 at age 56.
Dean's technical papers on pre-stressed concrete bridge construction, standard specifications on such bridges, photographs of bridges and promotional brochures on concrete use; also, biographical material, including an obituary.
William E. Dean Papers, ca. 1949-1965, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Gift of Mrs. W. E. Dean