Reg Dean

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Thomas Reginald Dean (4 November 1902 – 5 January 2013)[1] was a British supercentenarian. He was the oldest living man in the United Kingdom at the time of his death.


Dean was born in Tunstall, Staffordshire, on 4 November 1902.[1][2] Dean was ordained as a minister in the 1920s. He worked as an assistant chaplain in Singapore in the 1930s.[3] He served as an army chaplain in Burma and India[4] during World War II.[2][5][6] After his return to the United Kingdom, Dean moved to Derby in 1947,[3] and in 1958 he became a teacher, and worked as such in Belper in Derbyshire for ten years.[2]

Dean was a minister at the United Reformed Churches in Wirksworth and Matlock,[7][8] and retired from the ministry at the age of 80.[1][2] He was an enthusiastic actor, singer, and amateur dramatist[5] and in 1987,[6] he helped found the Dalesmen Male Voice Choir,[2] of which he was life president.[2] Dean supported Fair trade and he helped create Traid Links, in Wirksworth.[9]


Dean was married three times.[3] His first wife went into the cellar of a house where she was staying in for a short period of time and the other people in the house accidentally locked her in this cellar, making her unable to get out and causing her to die of hypothermia.[3] His second wife, Yvonne, was a singer His third wife, Anne, was a colleague of his; they later divorced.[3] Anne is still alive today and later remarried.[3] Dean had a son named Christopher, born in 1950.[2] He also had two grandchildren, Matt and Ollie. Matt works on various television shows as a producer; he is 33. And Ollie is 12 years old.[2] Christopher Dean leads the Syd Lawrence Orchestra.[9] One of his nephews was television presenter Nick Owen.[10]

Possible reasons for longevity[edit]

Dean was a vegetarian for thirty years. He attributed his vegetarianism, in addition to being lazy,[11] having good friends and a religion, and looking for the best in people, as the secret to his longevity.[2] Dean lived independently until 2007/2008, when he moved into a flat in Derbyshire.[5] He also mentioned just before his 110th birthday that when he lived in Mumbai just before World War I,[11] a doctor gave him a mysterious brown elixir ("this muddy mixture", as Dean called it)[11] and told him that "if [he would] drink this [he] will live forever"[9] or that if he would "drink this [he'll] live until at least 100".[11]

On every birthday since his 100th, Dean began wearing a flower on his lapel.[5] Apart from sight problems,[5] Dean said at his 108th birthday that he was still in good health.[2] On his 109th birthday, Dean joked that "[he] thought [the Queen had] forgotten [him]" when his birthday telegram from the Queen that year arrived late.[5] Dean said on his 109th birthday that he still hoped to live to his 110th birthday next year,[6] which he did. However, he was unable to attend a celebratory concert held the previous evening, and also had to receive his cake in bed due to not feeling well recently.[1]

He said on his 110th birthday that he thought that he would reach age 111 next year and (perhaps jokingly) that he might be able to reach ages 115,[3] 120,[12] and 130.[11] Dean died in January 2013, just two months after his 110th birthday. Dean was succeeded as the United Kingdom's oldest living man by 109-year-old Ralph Tarrant.[13]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Reg Dean, Britain's oldest man, dies aged 110". BBC News. 7 January 2013. Retrieved 7 January 2013. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "BBC News" defined multiple times with different content
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 "UK's oldest man Rev Reg Dean celebrates 108th birthday | Mail Online". London: 10 November 2010. Retrieved 24 September 2012.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 Dugan, Emily (4 November 2012). "110 not out! Britain's oldest man". The Independent. London.
  4. "The secret of living 110 years? Britain's oldest man says it's all to do with a magic potion from India". Daily Mail. London.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Kevin Rawlinson (4 November 2011). "Britain's oldest man Reg Dean celebrates 109th birthday – Home News – UK". London: The Independent. Retrieved 24 September 2012.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "BBC News – 'Britain's oldest man' Reg Dean marks 109th birthday". 31 October 2011. Retrieved 24 September 2012.
  7. Rawlinson, Kevin (4 November 2011). "Britain's oldest man Reg Dean celebrates 109th birthday". The Independent. London.
  8. "The secret of living 110 years? Britain's oldest man says it's all to do with a magic potion from India". Daily Mail. London.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Reg to celebrate 110th birthday – Local – Bakewell Today
  10. "Reg Dean, Britain's oldest man, dies aged 110". BBC News. BBC. 7 January 2013. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 "Britain's oldest man marks 110th birthday". BBC News. 4 November 2012.
  12. Britain's oldest man aged 110 credits 'magic potion from India' for longevity
  13. Ralph Tarrant Britain's oldest man reveals secret to hitting 109 years old: 'I smoked until I was 70 and still enjoy a drink!' | Mail Online. (8 January 2013). Retrieved on 1 March 2013.

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