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A graduate of Purdue University with bachelors and masters degrees, Dean completed his Ph.D. at Ohio State University in the spring of 1959. He was a professor at the University of Wisconsin in Madison in the Food Research Institute from 1962 to 1995 and was a professor at UC Davis from 1995 to 2008, continuing as a professor emeritus until his recent illness.
Dean was a respected and widely published member of the worldwide scientific community, with his work taking him to countries in Europe, Asia, North and South America. In his work with foodborne diseases Dean was often called for information by members of the media, as he was known for his ability to make science understandable to non-scientists.
Dean was taken from us as the result of an intense bout with cancer. He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Carolyn Elaine Cliver; his children Blanche B.C. Cliver (Margaret Cliver), Frederick Cliver (Laurie Galvan), Carl Cliver (Robert McKinney), Marguerite Mickey Cliver, Yadata Tadassa and Deirdre Deedee Horton; and his grandchildren DaVonn and Deon Cliver.
Services for Dean will be held at noon on Friday, May 20, at the Wiscombe Funeral Home, 116 D St. in Davis. In lieu of flowers the family asks that contributions be made to the American Cancer Society or the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Hello Mrs. Cliver and Family: While I was already aware of Dr. Dean Cliver's research and publications, I had the good fortune of meeting him for the first time in the early 1970s during one of his visits to Ottawa. That meeting was memorable because he initially that I was one of his former colleagues from Ohio because our names are identical with almost the same area of research specialization. I was also instantaneously impressed with his charm, openness and that booming voice! We did meet again on several occasions and interacted on a professional basis quite regularly, though sadly not often enough. I have personnally benefitted greatly from his sage advice and generosity and will remain ever grateful to him for that. He was, indeed, a nurturing person which was a reflection on his confidence as a human being and greatness as a teacher/researcher. It will be very hard to fill the void created by his untimely departure. I wish you all forebearance at this difficult time. Bye.
Dr. Syed A. Sattar May 28 2011 12:00 AM
Carolyn my deepest sympathies to you and your family at this time. I remember you and Dean with very found memories. We Women In Focus member have you in our hearts and miss you here in Madison. When you come back for a visit please let us know so we can all get together and remember old times. God blessing to you and your family as I pray for you. Love always Edith Hilliard
Edith Hilliard May 23 2011 12:00 AM