Philip Chaikin Sorensen
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Sorensen Philip Chaikin Sorensen, Law Professor and stone sculptor, died on February 12, 2017. He was 83. Philip Sorensen was most recently President's Club Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Socio-Legal Studies at The Ohio State University from 1973 until 1995 when he became Emeritus Professor of Law. A graduate of the University of Nebraska College of Law in 1959, he first served as law clerk to Federal Judge Robert Van Pelt from 1959-1960 and then practiced law in Lincoln, Nebraska until 1965. From 1965-67 he served as Lt. Governor of the State of Nebraska, and was Democratic Candidate for Governor in 1966. From 1967 to 1973 he was Executive Director of the Cummins Engine and Irwin-Sweeney-Miller Foundations and Chairman of the Center on Corporate Responsibility. In 1995 he and wife Janice, began splitting their years between living in London, England, Columbus, OH and Felton, PA. It was during this time that Philip began his serious pursuit of stone sculpting, a pursuit he continued throughout the rest of his life. We invite you to view Philip's work at Philip is survived by his wife of 58 years, Janice (Lichtenberger) Sorensen; daughter, Rebecca (Michael) Bowers (sons, Mark and Jeffrey); son, Allan Sorensen (son, Christian, daughters, Allanna and Abigail); daughter, Karen Sorensen; daughter, Josephine (Ed Ivens) Sorensen; sister, Ruth Singer. He is preceded in death by his parents, mother Annis (Chaikin) Sorensen and father Christian Abraham Sorensen, brothers Robert Sorensen, Tom Sorensen and Ted Sorensen. Per his wishes, there will be no memorial service. Memorial contributions may be made to Chamber Music Connection via the following web site - Arrangements handled by COOK & SON-PALLAY FUNERAL HOME. Online guestbook at

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Published in The Columbus Dispatch from Feb. 14 to Feb. 15, 2017.
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February 16, 2017
Jan, I am so sorry for your loss. I know how much you loved Phil and what a great life you have had together. I know he was such a great man. I am so sorry for all of you! I know how much his family loved and respected him. All my support is with you in every way. Much love to you! and arms wrapped around you. Love, Connie and Dodge
February 16, 2017
My deepest sympathy to my cousin Jan and Phil's entire family.
Bobbie Samperi
February 16, 2017
We are humbled and honored to receive support through donations in memory of Philip Sorenson. The Chamber Music Connection students, board, and community send our sincere condolences to Phil's family, and our sincerest appreciation for the gifts and support from Phil and Jan, and all those sending donations to CMC in Phil's memory. Deborah Price, Artistic Director The Chamber Music Connection
Deborah Price
February 16, 2017
Dear Jan,
Sending my sincere condolences to you and your family. I have many fond memories of my time at the College of Law--of working for Phil when he was Associate Dean, and especially knowing you and Becky. You are in my thoughts and prayers at this sad time. Blessings, Susie Gallogly
Sue Gallogly
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