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Dean Radcliffe Endowed Scholarship

Anchorage resident Dean Radcliffe was born May 17, 1956 in Orville, California. He lived in and out of Alaska since he was a year old, spending summers in Alaska and winters in California.

While in California, Radcliffe served as a butler and as a chief steward on the yacht “Mariner,” which led him into the hospitality industry. Known as “Mr. Hospitality”, Radcliffe started his career with Carr-Gottstein. He worked at various hotels in Anchorage acquiring skills that led him to a position at the University of Alaska teaching in the culinary arts department. His most recent position was at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center as the food and beverage manager. Radcliffe had the privilege of attending the Culinary Institute in Napa Valley.

He enjoyed being active in fundraising activities throughout the Anchorage area, such as American Cancer Society, Anchorage Museum, Medical Pathfinders, and many others. Radcliffe touched many lives through his catering, consulting services and sharing his passion for the culinary industry. When he wasn’t working, he enjoyed entertaining family and friends, walking and napping with his dogs, gardening, posting on Facebook, and being the president of the Jackie Purcell Fan Club.

Radcliffe is survived by the love of his life, wife Susan Radcliffe; son Chris Ford and his wife Courtney; brothers Glen and Doug; and numerous extended family members and friends. He will be remembered for his enthusiasm for life, great sense of humor, dedication to family and friends, and for always saying, “Keep the sunshine in your heart and make it a great day!”

Dean Radcliffe passed away in 2012.


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