Curtis Charles Deane, First President of the ASCE Foundation, Dies at 63

May 11, 2015

DEANEFormer ASCE senior executive and the first president of the ASCE Foundation Curtis Charles Deane, died April 24 at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, Florida. He was 63.

Mr. Deane was an influential and innovative member of the ASCE staff, and he was well respected in the extended association community. While with ASCE, Deane spearheaded the successful campaign to find, purchase, and renovate a new headquarters for the Society. He exceeded the $3.5 million fundraising goal, and ASCE resides in the resulting building today. Another lasting contribution was the launch of the Legacy Society, an effort to encourage members to leave ASCE a gift in their estate plans. Since its founding in 2002, 49 members and friends of the ASCE have joined the Legacy Society, including Deane. He also oversaw the ASCE’s 150th anniversary celebration.

Active in the extended fundraising community, Deane served as the President of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, as well as an active member of the Association Foundation Group and the American Society of Association Executives.

Deane, born in Seattle, Washington, was graduated from the University of Washington and attended the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. After his tenure with ASCE, Deane owned an art gallery in Washington, D.C., was a private art dealer, and traveled the United States giving seminars for associations on effective practices in fundraising. He also enjoyed cooking, travel, and history.

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