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  • Colleen Heath

Remembering Helen Barbara Dean: A Cherished Member of Our Community

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Helen Barbara Dean, a cherished member of our Board of Directors at the Presbyterian Community Center (PCC). Helen's dedication to our organization was exemplary, serving as a Program Committee Chair and most recently on the Selection Committee for the hiring of the next Executive Director in March. Her commitment to our mission was unwavering, and her contributions have left a permanent mark on our community.


Helen's life was a testament to the power of education, perseverance, and civic engagement. After graduating from Lucy Addison in 1963, she pursued higher education at Knoxville College. From here, her professional journey took her from teaching to leadership roles at IBM, Xerox Corporation, and Thomson Financial Services. Upon returning to Roanoke for retirement, Helen's passion for community service flourished.


She actively participated in numerous organizations, including CASA, the Harrison Museum of African-American Culture, and the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, among others. Her commitment to faith was equally profound, serving as an Elder at Second Presbyterian Church and taking on leadership roles within the congregation and the broader Presbytery of the Peaks.


Helen's tireless efforts and dedication to improving the lives of others have left an enduring legacy that will continue to inspire us all. She embodied the spirit of service and was a beacon of hope and strength for many. Her work with PCC and other community organizations demonstrated her deep love and commitment to making a positive impact in the lives of others.

As we remember Helen, we honor her legacy by continuing the work she was so passionate about. Her life and contributions will forever be a guiding light for our community.


Thank you, Helen, for your unwavering dedication, your compassionate heart, and your inspiring leadership. You will be deeply missed, but your spirit will live on in all that we do.

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