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Richard "Dick" Gordin

1928 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Richard "Dick" Gordin Obituary
Gordin, Richard "Dick"
1928 - 2018
Richard D. "Dick" Gordin 89, of Delaware, passed after being comforted by his loving family on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Grant Medical Center. He was born July 16, 1928 in South Charleston, Ohio to the late Edwin R. Gordin and his mother Mildred (Davis) Gordin who preceded him in death. On July 23, 1949, Dick married his loving wife Paula (Egan) Gordin, who survives in Delaware. Dick was a faithful member of the Asbury United Methodist Church, and a lifetime member of the Elks. Dick was a born-again Christian who believed in the 3 F's; Faith, Family, and Friends. His passion was educating young men and women who came to college and being a positive influence in their lives. Dick was more concerned about the welfare of others than his own, always putting others first. Dick served his country in the United States Navy, being Honorably discharged as a Yeoman 3rd Class. Dick was a 1952 graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University. He went on to work for the University from 1954-1993, holding several positions including Chair of Department from 1971-1977, and Director of Athletics from 1977-1986. Dick served as the Battling Bishops golf coach from 1955-1993 with accolades of Conference Coach of the Year 12 times, NCAA District 4 Coach of the Year 10 times, and NCAA National Coach of the Year 2 times. Dick's golf accomplishments were extensive through his work locally, as well as nationally. He was the Memorial Tournament Historian from 1976-2006. Dick was a founder of the Golf Coaches Hall of Fame in 1980 and served on the Coaches Hall of Fame Committee from 1980-2003. He was a member of the USGA Rules Committee for many national tournaments, as well as serving on the NCAA Rules Committee for 22 National Championships. From 1996-1998 Dick was a consultant for the Jack Nicklaus Museum. Dick received many honors in his decorated tenure in the golf community, he was named a Charter Member of the Golf Coaches Hall of Fame in 1980, in 1993 he was inducted into the Ohio Wesleyan University Athletic Hall of Fame, in 1999 he was inducted into the Ohio Golf Hall of Fame, in 2004 he was inducted into the Dublin Coffman High School Athletic Hall of Fame, and in 2008 he was inducted into the Dublin Coffman High School Hall of Honor. In addition to his wife, Dick is survived by three sons, Richard (Colleen) Gordin of Logan, Utah, Robert Gordin of Delaware, Ohio and Douglas Gordin of Lakeland, Florida; three grandchildren, Lisa Gordin Snyder, Michael Glabe and Gretchen (Daniel) Pigott; four great-grandchildren; and a cousin, Bill Gordin of Springfield, Ohio. In addition to his parents, Dick was preceded in death by his Paternal and Maternal grandparents and a daughter-in-law Nancy Gordin. A celebration of Dick's life will be held at Ohio Wesleyan University at a date to be announced via the Robinson Funeral Home website as well as in the Delaware Gazette and Columbus Dispatch. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donors consider the Gordin Golf Fund at the Ohio Wesleyan University; in the memo line of the check please include "In memory of Dr. Gordin/Gordin Golf Fund" and mail it to Ohio Wesleyan University, University Advancement at 61 S. Sandusky St., Delaware, OH 43015. Friends and family wishing to share a condolence or memory may do so online at www.robinsonfuneralhomeinc.com.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Apr. 4, 2018
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