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John William Dean (1844-1896)
1896 Obituary 
JOHN WILLIAM DEAN died on February 25, 1896. Born on February 9, 1844, he was trained as a civil engineer as a pupil of the late Henry Robertson, having served his time during the construction of the Central Wales Railway.
He subsequently became engaged in railway contracting, and became a partner with the late George Meakin, and afterwards with his sons George and John Meakin. Among the works carried out by the firm of Meakin & Dean were the following:— Doubling the London and North-Western Railway main line at Watford, including the new tunnel; making the new tunnel through Primrose Hill for the London and North-Western Railway main line; making tunnel through Primrose Hill (Belsize) for the Midland Railway; extending the London and North-Western Railway to Northampton, including the deep cutting at Roade; the Bala and Festiniog Railway; Alnwick and Cornhill Branch of the North-Eastern Railway; Wirral Railway; and portions of the Wrexham Mole and Connahs Quay Railway; and also work for the Rhymney and Great Western Railways.
Mr. Dean was managing director of the Minera Lime Company, Limited; chairman and managing director of the Broughton and Plas Power Coal Company, Limited; and chairman of the Brymbo Steel Company, Limited. He was also a director of the Vale of Llangollen Railway Company. He was elected a member of the Iron and Steel Institute in 1895.