Saturday, February 4, 2023

Youngest Falkner Brother Killed in Plane Crash

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Photo courtesy Mrs. Louise Meadow (c) The Cofield Collection

Dean Swift Falkner, the youngest of the four brothers, was born in 1907.
The older Falkners doted on “Deanie” and delighted in playing with him. All his life Dean’s special gift for living served as an inspiration to the whole Falkner family as well as a perpetual source of pleasure for them.
Dean was killed on Nov. 10, 1935, in the plane William had given him. Dean’s death was an irreparable loss for the family, and William felt partly responsible because he had urged Dean to become a pilot.
This cameo of Dean (taken in 1914 as a Valentine for Maud’s friends and family) was Maud Falkner’s favorite, and it hung in her bedroom until her death in 1960.
Courtesy of John Cofield, a writer and one of Oxford’s leading folk historians. He is the son of renowned university photographer Jack Cofield. His grandfather, “Col.” J. R. Cofield, was William Faulkner’s personal photographer and for decades was Ole Miss yearbook photographer. Cofield attended Ole Miss as well. Contact John at