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Dr. Byron Lindley "Lin" Osborne Jr. (1922 - 2012)

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Dr. Byron Lindley (Lin) Osborne, Jr., 90, of Cocoa, Florida, died September 29, 2012.

Lin was born in Cleveland, Ohio, July 22, 1922, of Byron and Ruth Osborne. He graduated from Yale Divinity School and received a Doctor of Theology degree from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri.

Lin pastored Methodist churches in Connecticut, Missouri, and Florida. He was Professor of Religion and Philosophy at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri. Then he was Professor of World Religions at Brevard Community College in Cocoa, Florida, from 1965 until he retired in 2003. Lin was passionate about making his student's experience come alive and was a pioneer in designing a multimedia classroom surrounded by screens. He created and presented shows that immersed students in a dramatic understanding of the world's religions through his use of colorful images, powerful audio, description, stories, and interaction. Lin was named BCC's 1996 Distinguished Educator.

Lin was preceded in death by his wife of 30 years, Marie; and a sister, Betty Robinson. He is survived by a sister Gerry Williams; a brother Hank; sons Lin, Kent, Scott, Tom, and John; a daughter Susan; 10 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his first wife of 26 years, Lois, with whom he and Marie continued a caring friendship.

There will be a Service of Celebration at 1:30 PM Friday, October 19, 2012 at First United Methodist Church, 3300 N Atlantic Ave, Cocoa Beach, FL 32931.

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Published in FLORIDA TODAY on Oct. 14, 2012