NEW YORK — Jesse W. Dean, a former copy chief at WWD, died last Thursday at the Jewish Home & Hospital in The Bronx, according to his wife, Diana. He was 89.
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Dean worked for about 35 years at WWD’s parent company, Fairchild Publications, from the early Forties through the mid-Seventies. He started as a copy editor at WWD, where he was eventually promoted to copy chief. He later served in that capacity at Fairchild’s Supermarket News and Home Furnishing News publications.
As a copy editor on a daily paper, Dean had his mornings to himself and used that time to work on inventions. The couple worked together to invent the “Tressy Doll,” a doll with hair that grew that was a best-selling toy for American Doll & Toy Co. in the Sixties.
He also created a series of 20 sculptures out of engraving plates used in the printing of WWD, which he called “Engravage.” Pictures of the sculptures are in the archive of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, according to Diana Dean.
Dean was raised in Manhattan and lived all his life in New York.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Elizabeth.