Harold Mallette Dean was a printmaker, muralist, illustrator, painter. Upon moving to San Francisco in 1927, he enrolled at CSFA where he was greatly influenced by Ray Boynton and received the Anne Bremer Scholarship. During the 1930s he was active on the Federal Public Works of Art Project and one of 26 artists commissioned to paint murals in SF's Coit Tower. Beginning in 1935 he illustrated books for Grabhorn Press for about 15 years. Dean taught printmaking at the CSFA and, after moving to Marin County, at Marin Jr. College.