Dean Adcock Bailey
Dean Adcock Bailey of Yorktown, aged 80, died suddenly and peacefully on November 24, 2017. Mr. Bailey was born in Richmond to the late Dr. Benjamin Herman Bailey and Frances Rives Adcock Bailey. He was preceded in death by his brother, Lt. Col Benjamin Herman Bailey, Jr. He is survived by his children, Virginia Benton Bailey (Stephen Pohl), Thomas Bailey (Mozell) and Sara Rives Bailey Lamotte (Stephane), also by his two grandchildren, Jessie and Max Gugig. Also survived by his brother Dr. Robert Rives Bailey (Betty), his sister-in-law Anne Marie Bailey, his nieces and nephews Francie Bailey, Lynn Bailey Saxton, Elizabeth Bailey Bramham, Robert Rives Bailey, Jr. and Katie Bailey Cowen, as well as a host of beloved extended family, including his former wife of 43 years, Susan Bruton Cole.Mr. Bailey attended Walsingham Academy in Williamsburg, graduated from Hampden-Sydney College (Kappa Sigma fraternity) and continued his graduate studies at the College of William and Mary.
His career path began in the United States Marine Corps in 1959. He was an outstanding history and government teacher from 1962-1969 at York High School in Yorktown and James Blair High School in Williamsburg. During the same time period, he worked part-time as an historian and guide for the Colonial National Park Service. In 1969 Mr. Bailey changed professions. He became an industrial engineer as an associate with numerous recognized brand name garment manufacturing companies, including Wrangler and London Fog. He transitioned into consulting within the industry and later started his own business in New Bern, NC. He returned to the Commonwealth of Virginia in 1985 where he worked for more than 20 years with the Department of Economic Development and the Department of Virginia Business Assistance as ombudsman and environmental policies expert.
His innumerable artistic and technical talents included creating architectural renderings, mechanical prowess in diagnostics and repairs, and a passion for the medical arts. He was equally gifted with a harmonica, a car engine, a sewing machine, a 12-gauge shotgun, a complicated cantata and a crab-pot.
His avocations were many and exemplified his love of history and nature. As an amateur archeologist, he discovered the early 18th century site of the pottery factory of the “Poor Potter of Yorktown,” which is now one of the featured locations at the National Park Service’s Yorktown Battlefield site. He was a board member of the Virginia Historical Society and of The Watermen’s Museum, a private non-profit museum located on the York River in Yorktown, Virginia. An avid hunter, fisherman and marksman from a young age, he earned the title of Junior Champion with the Virginia Skeet Shooting Association and was also a lifetime member of the Pheasant Pluckers International Society. He performed with, directed and designed sets for The Williamsburg Players and for the Showtimers Community Theater in Roanoke, and he was also a remunerated soloist for the Bruton Parish Church choir.
Mr. Bailey was a founding member of St. Thomas of Canterbury Anglican Catholic Church in Roanoke and St. Alban’s Anglican Catholic Parish in Richmond. He served as a lay reader and vestry member in both churches.
A memorial service is being planned for Spring 2018. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in his name to The Watermen’s Museum, P.O. Box 519, 309 Water Street, Yorktown, Virginia 23690-0519.
Arrangements by Amory Funeral Home, Grafton.