Joe Dean, a former LSU Tigers college basketball star and later the university’s athletic director, died at age 83.
Dean, member of the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, died in Baton Rouge and is one of only three LSU players inducted, along with Bob Pettit and Pete Maravich.
The LSU graduate was the school’s top scorer in 1950 and `51. Dean became the second Tigers player with 1,000 career points in 1952, when he was second on the team in scoring behind Pettit.
The native of Indiana was the athletic director at LSU for 14 years, beginning in 1987. Dean played a role in $50 million in facility improvements during that period, and LSU teams won 27 national championships, in addition to 40 Southeastern Conference titles.
YouWager experts report that Dale Brown was LSU’s men’s basketball coach during much of Dean’s time as athletic director, and remembered Dean as “a man filled with energy, ideas, business ethics, motivation, candor, a tireless spirit and a deep quest to live life fully.”
Dean, who was preceded in death by his longtime wife, Doris, is survived by his three children: Joe Jr., Mardi and Mark; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.