Deborah Coleman Obituary, Death Cause – After a brief struggle with sarcoma, Dr. Deborah Dye Coleman, who was 76 years old and lived in Columbus, Ohio, passed away on Friday, February 17, 2023. She was the second child to be born to William and Francis Dye on April 5, 1946, and she was born in Cleveland. She received her high school education from Rocky River. Between the years 1964 and 1973, she attended Ohio State University to further her education.
During her time as an undergraduate, she made the most of her passion of languages by participating in a study abroad program in Mexico City. She was very involved in the Greek community and served as President of the Women’s Panhellenic Association in addition to being a member of the women’s fraternity Kappa Kappa Gamma. During this period, she first became acquainted with the man who would eventually become her husband, Paul Coleman Jr.
After finishing her Bachelor of Science in Education, she went on to earn a Master of Science in Education (1971) and a Doctor of Philosophy in Education (1973). Her professional life consisted of a variety of endeavors, such as working as a Spanish instructor at Grandview High School, a senior research associate at the National Center for the Research in Vocational Education, in public relations, and as a consultant. In the early nineties she returned to her passion for education and vocational development when she became the Vice President of Knowledge Resources and Planning at Columbus State Community College. In 2015, she took her retirement from CSCC.
She was cherished above all things for her roles as a wife, mother, and grandma. Her dedication to her family of five was unwavering. Even when things were difficult, she was able to have a positive attitude and would sing, laugh, and make things light. She never missed a single game or practice and was always there to offer support and encouragement. Her grandchildren enjoyed playing hide and seek with her, tossing pine cones in the creek and running up and down the backyard hill. They adored her silly antics and ability to imagine and create with them. Her hobbies included bird watching, dog walking, gardening, and yoga.