Dean R. Dort II

IRVINGTON—Dean Russell Dort II, loving husband and father, lost his long, courageous battle with cancer on January 12, 2018 at 74 years old.

He was born on November 17, 1943, in Davenport, Iowa. He attended high school in Stuttgart, Germany. After graduating from the University of Iowa with his Juris Doctor, he followed in his father’s footsteps and served in the Judge Advocate General Corps as a criminal prosecutor and defense lawyer at the Nuremberg trial center from 1969 to 1972. He then served as a judge in Goeppingen, Germany.

On his return to the U.S., he was appointed to the bench as a judge in the Federal Court System. During this period he also taught criminal law and trial advocacy at the JAG school in Charlottesville. From 1978 to 1980, he served the Secretary of the Army as the U.S. Army’s representative to the U.S. Congress for personnel and legal matters.

From 1980 to 1996, Dean served as the Washington counsel in the government affairs division of Deere & Company in Washington, D.C. In 1996, his responsibilities expanded to include international marketing and foreign market development and in 1999 he was appointed as vice president, international.

During his years with Deere he was appointed by Presidents Reagan, Bush and Clinton to advise their respective administrations on matters of international trade policy. He served two terms on the Export-Import Bank of the United States advisory board in 2001 and 2002.

In 2002 he retired from Deere and he and his wife moved to Irvington in 2005. During the Irvington years he was proud to take on several “volunteer” jobs that brought him great satisfaction. He served as Ronnie Crockett’s “campaign manager” through two successful terms of office and he also served as an advisor for the campaign of Norman Mosher who ran for Congress in the First Congressional District of Virginia. And he was very proud to come back to his lawyer roots and work with the Lee Stephen’s law firm in 2015 and 2016.

Dean will always be remembered by friends and family for his witty and charming stories, varied interests in an amazing array of subjects from travel to wine to politics and general love of life.

He is survived by Terrie, his wife of 30 years; his son, John-Russell Dort; Trixi, his “earlier” wife and life long friend; his brother, Dennis (Nancy); and his extended French family to include an “adopted” French daughter, Marie-Laure and her husband and children; and his beloved dog Kirov.

There will be a private family service at Grace Church to place his ashes in the rose garden. For those who would like to send a tribute, the family requests that any donations be made in Dean’s name to the Northern Neck Partners for Pets, an organization dear to his and Terrie’s hearts. You can donate by going online at, or sending a donation to NNPP, P.O. Box 361, Irvington, VA 22480.