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Dean, Mate Wonsey, 1899
    Died January 12, 1991

Mate Wonsey was born September 5, 1899, in Marine City, Michigan. She came to Albion forcollege, and lived here the rest of her life, except for a short time when her husband, Clark Dean, whom she married in 1923, worked for Western Electric in Pittsburgh.

She was interested in athletics all her life as a swimmer, golfer and tennis player. As a senior, she was the first woman captain of the varsity tennis team at Albion College. She was elected to the Albion College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1989.

An accomplished musician, she played both the piano and organ, often for the United MethodistChurch.

During World War II, Mate was in the Nurses’ Aide Corps and received an award for the number of hours served. In 1945, she was honored by being invited to christen a Victory Ship, the U.S.S. Albion.

Mate served on the Community Concert Association committee and was a member of E.L.T., Review Club, Delta Gamma and the P.E.O. Sisterhood. She was active in an informal piano group, members of which met in her home each week to perform for each other.

Her hobbies included golf, needlepoint, and Japanese ink brush painting. She was the First Mate on the Deans’ Chris Craft boat, “Io Triumphe,” on which they sailed the Great Lakes. They once sailed down the Mississippi to Florida and back to Michigan via the Inland Waterway and the New York Barge Canal.

In later years the Deans retired in Florida, where Mate died on January 12, 1991.

Sources: Albion College files; Albion Public Library, Local History Room

From: Albion AAUW. Some Notable Women of the Albion Area. Albion, Michigan: American Association of University Women. 1998.

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