OBITUARY: Kenneth Dale Corwin, Jr.

Kenneth Dale Corwin, Jr.

Kenneth Dale Corwin, Jr. age 79 of Franklin, TN passed away January 22, 2018.

Born in St. Louis, MO to the late Kenneth Sr. & Mable Corwin, Ken was an acclaimed plastic surgeon whose results earned him a reputation that attracted patients seeking his skill and artistry from all parts of the United States. A 1956 graduate of Herculaneum High School, he received his undergraduate degree at Central Methodist College followed by earning his medical degree at University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. He started his internship in Tulsa, OK before serving his country for three years as a Captain in the Army Medical Corps. He finished his general surgery residency at the Cleveland Clinic, followed by plastics at St. Louis University, all the while perfecting his craft moonlighting in the ER. Ultimately, he established an office at West Port Plaza where he performed surgery at DePaul Hospital for thirty years, including election to Chief of Staff from January 1, 1983- December 31, 1984.

He is credited for inventing both a scalpel handle and wire twisters, instruments that are still used today by surgeons throughout the world. He humbly professed that his greatest work as a professional was the countless surgeries he performed on children during multiple mission trips to Haiti and Kosovo.

An avid cyclist, he road all over North America and in Europe, including a ride from Amsterdam to Paris in support of cancer research. After retiring from the operating room in 2009, Dr. Corwin worked several years practicing family medicine at the Southeast Health Center of Ripley County Rural Health Clinic in Doniphan, MO before permanently retiring to Tennessee in August of 2017.

Preceded in death by his daughter, Katherine Lynn Corwin; the mother of his children, Patricia Kelley Corwin and sister in-law, Marilyn Kelly Corwin. Survived by his daughters, Angela “Angie” (Jim) Redovian of Franklin, TN and Ruth (Jon) Burst of St. Louis, MO; brother, James Corwin of St. Louis, MO; grandchildren, Katie, Jimmy, Annie & Sam Redovian and Jonny, Kenny, Ross & Ruthie Burst.

Celebration of Life will be 4:00PM Saturday, January 27, 2018 with visitation two hours prior to the service at Williamson Memorial Funeral Home, Steve Middlebrooks officiating. Memorials may be made to the Williamson County Animal Center, 106 Claude Yates Dr. Franklin, TN 37064 or online at WILLIAMSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES. 615-794-2289.