O. WAYNE CORBIN: 1925-2008; He Was Dean of Students at JU He Joined the Faculty Part Time in 1957 and Retired 30 Years Later

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O. WAYNE CORBIN: 1925-2008; He Was Dean of Students at JU He Joined the Faculty Part Time in 1957 and Retired 30 Years Later


Kerr, Jessie-Lynne, The Florida Times Union


Byline: JESSIE-LYNNE KERR

O. Wayne Corbin had children of his own, but he also is being remembered by thousands of others for whom he was a surrogate father as dean of students at Jacksonville University.

Mr. Corbin, 83, died at his Jacksonville home Friday of congestive heart failure.

A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Jan. 10 in the Sam R. Marks Chapel on the JU campus, followed by a reception.

Mr. Corbin was dean there until he retired in 1987 after 30 years at the university.

"Wayne just cared about his students," recalled Fran Kinne, former JU president and chancellor emeritus. "He made the most for each life that he touched."

Kinne first met Mr. Corbin when she was named dean of JU's College of Fine Arts in 1961. "He had a great sense of humor and we were good friends. Not only did he have a wonderful relationship with the students but he kept up with many of them after they graduated."

Tommy Hazouri, chairman of the Duval County School Board and former Jacksonville mayor, considered Mr. Corbin a very close friend whom he first met as a JU student and student government leader from 1962 to 1966. Hazouri returned to JU as alumni director from 1968 to 1972.

"Wayne was my greatest mentor outside of my family," Hazouri said. "He influenced me more than anyone else. We shared a lot of conversations and philosophy."

Hazouri said Mr. Corbin was a strict disciplinarian but in a kind and gentle manner. …

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