Towner, Dean Hamilton, 1919-2013


Towner, Dean Hamilton, 1919-2013


Bio: Dean Hamilton Towner (b. May 20, 1919, Saranac Lake, New York-d. November 5, 2013, Austin, Texas), educator. He attended Cornell University from 1936 to 1941, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and earned a B.A. and a M.A. in Classical Literature and Languages. Towner joined the United States Navy in 1943 and attended the U.S. Navy Japanese Language School at University of Colorado Boulder, where he trained as a translator and interpreter. He served in the Navy as a Lieutenant USNR in Naval Intelligence until 1946, stationed in Pearl Harbor, Okinawa, and Tokyo as a member of the Joint Intelligence Center Pacific Coast Areas (JICPOA). Towner began his career teaching Latin at St. Mark’s School in Southborough, Massachusetts. In 1950 he became a founding member of the faculty of St. Stephen’s Episcopal School in Austin, Texas, where he taught Latin and Greek until his retirement in 1985, becoming Senior Master Emeritus. He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 1962 to study at the American Academy at Rome, and during sabbaticals and after retirement he taught English at Episcopal schools in Osaka, Japan. Towner married Velberta Asher Millerick in 1963; they had two children.


LBJ Connection: Donor of 1962 correspondence with LBJ regarding Fulbright Scholarship application