2012-09-30 / Front Page

New auxiliary gym named after former Montrose Superintendent

Fraser M. Dean Memorial Gymnasium

MONTROSE – During the Sept. 25 meeting of the Montrose Community Schools Board of Education, Secretary Kevin Briggs presented his case for renaming the new auxiliary gymnasium after former Superintendent Fraser M. Dean, who served the school district 1978-1989.

Briggs read through Fraser’s resume, starting with the Boy Scout Medal of Honor he earned for saving a life, when he was just 12 years old.

Briggs told the council, “Mr. Dean’s philosophy was ‘I believe that a good school system needs to continually stress the development of basic skills as its number one instructional priority; to provide a human and humane environment of cooperation, mutuality and respect; and to enable each child to learn to his or her capacity.’”

“Mr. Dean was actively involved in the Montrose community and surrounding area, serving as co-chair of the Genesee Intermediate Special Education Millage Campaign, the Genesee Intermediate School District (GISD) Dave Process Committee, and the GISD County Superintendents Association Executive Board. He was also a charter member of the Montrose Optimist Club, a member of the Montrose Blueberry Committee, chairman of the Good Shepherd Church Building Committee, chairman of the Jennings Memorial Library Construction Committee and a volunteer Little League Baseball and football coach; as well as a Scout leader,” Briggs said.

Fraser was honored in March of 1989 as a Carnegie Hero by the Carnegie Hero Fund Foundation for saving the life of a child in Orange Beach, Ala. Sadly, in the heroic effort of saving the child’s life, Fraser sustained a fatal heart attack.

Briggs felt strongly that the new auxiliary gym, located on the former site of the school swimming pool, should be renamed the Fraser M. Dean Memorial Gymnasium, effective Tuesday, Sept. 25. Fraser’s name would be placed above the entrance to the gym, as well as a plaque on the wall near the front door featuring Fraser’s picture.

The Montrose Community Schools Board of Education approved unanimously.

Current Montrose Community Schools Superintendent Mark Kleinhans commented, “I just think this is a wonderful act. This is really a big deal.”

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