Dean Verdoes ’64

2014 Alumni Service Award

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There’s no question that the legacy of Dean Verdoes includes a lifetime commitment to athletics, beginning with his days as a standout high school basketball player at Edgerton High School in rural Minnesota. He continued playing basketball at Macalester and, after he graduated, he began a 35-year career in high school athletics and public education, 30 years of which were at Henry Sibley High School in Mendota Heights, Minnesota. In addition to Verdoes's roles as math teacher, athletic director, and assistant principal during his career, his coaching experience included many soccer, basketball, and golf teams. Verdoes retired in 2000, but retirement did not end his work with the school district. He has served as a volunteer on the ISD 197 District Educational Foundation for many years. In recognition of his leadership, achievement, and service, Verdoes was inducted into the Minnesota State High School League’s Hall of Fame in 2011.

Fortunately for the Macalester community, Verdoes's passion for sports includes Mac athletics. He has attended countless athletic events, often recruiting fellow alumni to join him in the bleachers. He’s also an active member of the M Club Board of Directors and an instrumental part of the organization. His duties include chairing the Hall of Fame Committee, setting up the M Club budget, and often being the chief Scot Dog griller at various fall, winter, and spring sports days. Verdoes also co-chaired the Class of 1964's 50th Reunion program committee. He helped recruit a successful committee, and his leadership helped shape an innovative and inclusive Reunion with exceptional attendance.

“Dean is always one to share how much he loves Macalester,” wrote Daymond Dean ’91, one of Verdoes’s several nominators for the Alumni Service Award. “He’ll do whatever he can to contribute to events that bring our community together in celebration.”