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February 2, 1998

Local News


  Dean A. Worcester, Jr.
   Dean Worcester, a longtime economics professor at the University of Washington, died at his Woodinville home Jan. 16 from liver cancer caused by Hepatitis C. He was 79. Friends and associates remember Worcester as caring, inquisitive and intelligent. He was a 46-year member of the University District Rotary Club, chaired the insurance committee of the Retirement Association at the UW and spent many years on the board of directors at Crystal Lake Club, where he had lived since 1958. Worcester initiated the most instrumental land swap in club history, a 1982 deal with the state that closed a public-access loophole to the private community northeast of Woodinville. He also worked to establish farsighted drainage rights and curb pesticide use on lakeside lawns.
   Worcester was born May 1, 1918 in Boulder, Colorado. He earned B.A. and M.A. degrees in economics from the University of Nebraska and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He taught at Louisiana State University and the University of Georgia before coming to Washington in 1946. He also took sabbaticals from the UW to teach two years at the University of the Philippines and one year at the University of Hawaii-Manoa. In 1967 he served as president of the Western Economic Association. He is the author or four books and was writing another at the time of his death.
   Worcester is survived by his wife of 57 years, Joy; five children, Jane Anchan, Mary Anderson, Jonathan, David and Mark Worcester; seven grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Memorial contributions may be made to the Rotary Foundation or a favorite charity. Neighbors will hold an appreciation service at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 8 in the Crystal Lake Clubhouse.