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South Dakota’s Great Faces: Almon “Hoadley” Dean

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PIERRE, S.D. – Promoting western South Dakota and serving on many organizations throughout his life are what make Almon “Hoadley” Dean one of South Dakota’s Great Faces.


Dean graduated from the University of South Dakota in 1941 with a degree in journalism. He worked as a reporter for the Watertown Public Opinion, Sioux City Journal and The Associated Press before serving in World War II.


After the war, Dean returned to South Dakota and managed the Black Hills, Badlands & Lakes tourism association.


He was named president of the newly formed Western South Dakota Development Company in 1965.  The company promoted economic development in western South Dakota until Dean’s resignation in 1979.


Dean was also a director of Frontier Airlines, National College in Rapid City and served in the South Dakota Senate from 1963-1965. He also served on the state Veterans Commission and the state Highway Commission; he was president of the Mount Rushmore Society, vice president of the National Air Force Association, and was a member and leader in many other clubs and organizations.


South Dakota’s Great Faces weekly press release series is a project of the South Dakota Office of Tourism, designed to highlight people who have had significant impacts on South Dakota, particularly in the visitor industry. Click on the special “South Dakota’s Great Faces” link at to access the complete list of articles.



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