Donald W. Dew passed away peacefully at home Monday, June 15, surrounded by family. Born in North Carolina, he was preceded in death by his parents, Orlando and Emma Roebuck Bonar.
He grew up in Anne Arundel County, Md., earned a B.S. from University of Baltimore in 1965, an M.S. from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1970, and his doctorate from American University in 1976. He was a leader in the field of Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling having started his career with the state of Maryland and later continuing his professional endeavors in various positions at George Washington University (GWU) before retiring in 2007 with the status of Professor Emeritus. He was a full professor at GWU and director of the GWU Center for Rehabilitation Counseling, Research and Education, directing numerous regional, national and international projects. He earned many awards during his career.
He served in the Air National Guard from 1957 until 1968 including two Air Force active duty assignments.
Although he continued to consult for a few years, he eased into retirement. He enjoyed working in the yard, sitting in his recliner watching old movies and especially the Washington Nationals, attending Shorebirds games and spending time with family. He was outgoing, fun loving, and brought many laughs to friends and strangers alike.
He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Sandi Dew; his son, Brian Dew; his daughter, Heather Dew and son-in-law, Tim Perkins; his sister, Nancy Johnson (Everett); his sister-in-law, Jana Smith; brother-in-law, Glenn McCann; special family friend, Lori Woodside; two nieces, Kimberley McTaggart and Kristie Maxwell; and many dear friends.
The family would like to express special appreciation to the Allen Cancer Center doctors, nurses and staff for their loving care during the past five years.
Funeral services and burial in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Millsboro, are private. Memorial donations may be made to Nanticoke Senior Center, P O Box 406, Seaford, DE 19973. Online condolences and funny Don stories can be shared at www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.