Bio: Dean W. Coston was born in New York in 1923. He received an A.B. and M.A. from the University of Michigan. He served as Chief Engineer of the radio station WUOM in Ann Arbor, Michigan, from 1948 to 1961. In 1961 he joined the Department of Health, Education and Welfare as Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary (Legislation). In 1963 he became Deputy Assistant Secretary, and by January 1966 he was Deputy Under Secretary. His chief concern was the development, implementation and administration of legislation in areas including education. He was involved with the enactment of the following legislation: the Drug Abuse Control Act, the Clean Air Act (1963, 1965, 1967), and the Public Broadcasting Act (1962 to 1967). He also belonged to the President's Task Force on Communications Policy.
LBJ Connection: Official in Department of Health, Education and Welfare: Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary (Legislation), 1961-1963; Deputy Assistant Secretary, 1963-1966, and Deputy Under Secretary, from 1966.
Coston, Dean W. (Dean Walter), 1923-,
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