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William T. Dean, a senior honor student at Williamsville South High School who ran the school's Web page in the computer laboratory, died Monday (Oct. 13, 1997) in his Williamsville home.

William, 17, was a member of the National Honor Society and was known for strong skills and interest in language, computers and math. He lived in the area for the past five years.

A member of the Williamsville South swim team, he also participated in many school activities, including the chess, computer and Latin clubs.

William, who played the piano, was planning a career as an English teacher or a computer programmer.

Born in Johnson City, he served as an altar boy at St. James Catholic Church there before coming to the Buffalo area.

"He was one of his parents' four diamonds and is now a star," his mother, Elaine T. Loughran of Williamsville, said.

William managed the school's Web page and spent free periods in the computer lab helping teachers set up e-mail accounts and assisting other students, said Wesley R. Pickreign, Williamsville South principal.

"He was one of our aces down there," Pickreign said. "He was a real asset to everyone who used that lab."

Besides his mother, William is survived by a brother, Robert; two sisters, Patricia and Kaitlin; his father, Dr. Gary D. Dean of Johnson City; his grandparents, Vincent J. Loughran of Punta Gorda, Fla., and Dr. Robert J. and Aileen Dean, formerly of Williamsville, now of Kinston, N.C.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:45 a.m. Thursday in St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, 100 St. Gregory Court, Amherst. Burial will be in SS. Peter & Paul Cemetery, Williamsville.[crlalln]

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