Over the past 50 years, King's College has presented Honours Ties to past students, and on occasion staff, who have been prominent and generous contributors to the College and community. King's has welcomed back to honour people from all walks of life including surgeons, judges, artists, sportsmen and sportswomen; those who have been successful and generous business people.
At Assembly on Wednesday, Commodore McDougall was recognised for the service he has given to New Zealand in the armed forces.
Influenced by his father's career in the Navy, Dean joined the Senior Service immediately upon leaving school, in January 1980, when he began his officer training as a midshipman at the shore base HMNZS Tamaki. After the initial training, he was posted to the frigates Taranaki, Waikato and Canterbury.
Over the years, Dean has held many naval positions including Principal Welfare Officer, Operations Officer, Lieutenant, Commander and Commanding Officer.
In 1998, on his return to New Zealand as Chief Executive Officer on HMNZS Canterbury, he was awarded the Queen's honour of a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his contribution to the operations off East Timor.
With promotion to Captain in 2007, Dean was appointed to command the shore base of HMNZS Philomel at Devonport, and then while aboard the support vessel Canterbury, he found himself a Senior First Responder in Lyttleton during the 2011 earthquake.
This was by no means the end of an illustrious naval career however. Dean was then sent to Washington to undertake a Master of Science course in National Defence Strategy, which set him up well for the appointment as Director Personnel Capability Development at Defence HQ.
The senior ranks in the New Zealand Navy are, from the top, Rear Admiral, Commodore, Captain, Commander and Lieutenant Commander. Dean had made the progression through to his final appointment in 2013 and with the rank of Commodore, was appointed Deputy Chief of Navy. In January of this year, he completed his contract with the Royal New Zealand Navy.
Dean was accompanied at the Honours Tie Assembly with his wife Jane, his father Jim, and Jim's wife Margaret. Jim was Physical Education Master at King's for 26 years, joining the staff after his own career in the New Zealand Navy ended.
It was an absolute pleasure to have Dean and his family return to the College to present him with his well deserved Honours Tie.