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J. Richard ‘Dick’ Costin, D.O.

J. Richard “Dick” Costin, D.O., 87, of Upper Arlington, died Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014.

He was born in Van Wert on Aug. 14, 1926, to Orrie and Lena Royer Costin.

He graduated from Bellefontaine High School, Miami University and the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine.

He was the devoted husband to Martha K. Andre Costin, who preceded him in death.

He will be deeply missed by his children, David A. (Dawn Koehlinger) Costin and Dr. Richard R. (Barbara Sivright) Costin; three grandchildren, Jonathan, Carolyn and Katie; and several nieces and nephews.

As well as a loving husband, father and grandfather, he spent his life serving others through his work as a distinguished surgeon and educator at Doctors Hospital in Columbus since 1950. He served as the surgical resident program director, surgery department chairman, medical staff president and hospital and foundation trustee. He was the president of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons and the Ohio Osteopathic Association.

He was a member and chairman of the Board at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, helping to lead it from college to university status, where the Costin Institute for Osteopathic Medical Educators was founded and named in his honor in 2003.

He was past chairman of the board of directors of the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation and served as a member until his death. He dedicated his life to promoting the health and well-being of the community and positively influenced the lives of many. 

As a lover of the arts, he was an avid gardener, who enjoyed landscaping and growing orchids. He was a gifted musician, playing both the trumpet and piano, and enjoyed leading The Docs of Dixieland jazz band.

The Rev. James Long officiates a memorial service celebrating his life at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, at First Community Church, 1320 Cambridge Blvd., Columbus, where the family will receive friends after the service in Brownlee Hall.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Osteopathic Heritage Foundation, 1500 Lakeshore Dr., Columbus OH 43204.

Arrangements were handled by Schoedinger Northwest Chapel, where condolences may be expressed at www.schoedinger.com.

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