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Our wonderful father, Ronald "Ron" Corwin, died at home on June 29, after celebrating is 83rd birthday June 14 and his 62nd wedding anniversary June 20. Born in Waterloo, Iowa, Dad met his future wife, Bonnie Titus, in the seventh grade. After receiving his B.A. from Iowa State Teachers College, he served in the military in Japan.
Ronald obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in sociology from the University of Minnesota and had a distinguished 33-year career as Professor of Sociology at Ohio State University. He authored or co-authored 100 publications, including 14 books, 25 contributed chapters, and 29 papers published in professional journals. He wrote 19 research reports and edited eight books. His widely cited work appears in the American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, Social Forces, Administrative Science Quarterly, Sociology or Education, Contemporary Sociology, Phi Delta Kappan, Teachers College Record, Educational Leadership, and Theory Into Practice.
Colleagues voted him one of the five individuals making the greatest contributions to the growth and development of the Sociology of Education. He was voted as a top contributor to the field of Educational Administration. He was former vice-president of the American Educational Research Association. He held elected positions in the American Sociological Association and served as Associated Editor of the journal Sociology of Education. He taught at Teachers College, Columbia University, and served as Director of Basic Research in the U.S. Department of Education, consulting with Ted Kennedy. After early retirement from OSU in 1994, he was hired as Research Administrator at WestEd in Los Alamitos, Calif.
After retiring again, Ron returned to his first love: singing. He was M.C. and vocalist for the "Satin Doll Dancers." He wrote two musicals and performed with Bonnie as "Two Singular Sensations" throughout Southern California. He performed in local charity shows.
Dad was multi-talented, and leaves a legacy of great and varied accomplishments, integrity and strengths. He was dedicated to his family, friends and colleagues. Dad remained humble and is an exemplar of a well-lived journey. After death, his dedication in educating others will continue as he donated his body to Science Care for research and educational purposes.
Ron is survived by his wife, Bonnie, children Cheryl Corwin, Marci Martel, and Blair Corwin and grandchildren, Ryan, Katie, Haley, Christian, and Allison.
We love you Dad! Marci and Cheri.

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Published in Gazette Newspapers from Jul. 2 to Jul. 10, 2015.
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November 25, 2017
So sorry for the loss of your dear love one, Mr. Corwin. May God who knows your sorrow bring you peace and comfort during this difficult time. 2Cor1:3
April 18, 2017
I am truly very sorry for your loss.ISAIAH 55:11.
March 15, 2017
To the family of Ronald Cowin, I am so sorry for your loss. I'm sure you will miss him dearly. Please find comfort in knowing one day we will see our loved ones again. John 6:40. Matthew 5:5.
January 12, 2017
With deepest sympathy, may the power of prayer ease your sorrow, give you peace and provide much comfort for you and your family during this difficult time. (Matthew 21:22)
D. Wilmington-California
May 25, 2016
As a former colleague of Ron's at Ohio State Sociology, I regret not keeping up with Ron and Bonnie or learning of his passing over 9 months later. Ron was always a great delight as a colleague and friend. He was one of the guiding lights at Ohio State Sociology when I came in 1986 and I managed to keep up contacts through the early 2000s but lost contact. He will be missed! My best regards to Bonnie and the family

Craig Jenkins (OSU Sociology)
Craig Jenkins
July 30, 2015
Dear Bonnie and children,

I am so sorry to hear of Ron's passing. He was a wonderful and inspiring colleague at OSU. Not only was Ron a great scholar but also he was lots of fun! Both Ron and Bonnie were missed when they left Columbus. Bonnie, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. Sincerely, Kay Meyer
July 29, 2015
Dear Bonnie and Children,
I was so sorry to read of Ron's passing. He was one of the kindest and most helpful colleagues at OSU. I was sad when he left for CA and sadder now. He knew how to live a life that used his talents. Bonnie, you have been in my thoughts ever since we met.

Laurel Richardson, OSU-Soc
July 18, 2015
Future high school class reunions will not be the same when you realize your best buddy is not going to be there.
July 18, 2015
Bonnie, I happen to be in Toulouse France at the moment and was most saddened to learn of Ron's passing. Your family have my sincere condolences.
My thoughts will be with you during this difficult time.
Joe Nutting
July 8, 2015
I'm deeply sorry for the loss of your loved one.May loving words comfort your family at this time of sorrow. (Isaiah 57:15)
July 6, 2015
Bonnie, Marci, Cheri, Blair Please know how deeply sorry we are for the loss of your husband and father who, as you know, was one of our dearest friends whose memories we will cherish forever. The many great times we spent together will remain indelibly etched in our fond remembrances always.
We, too, grieve at your loss. You have our condolence, good thoughts, good wishes, and prayers to help sustain you through this very sad time in your lives.
Chuck & Bernice
Chuck White
July 5, 2015
My sincere condolences
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