Sunday, October 3, 2004

Katherine 'Kay' Corwin was longtime volunteer

She helped at Red Cross, Scouts, church

By Daniel Harper
Enquirer Staff Writer

COLLEGE HILL - Katherine "Kay" H. Corwin, a career volunteer, died Tuesday at Twin Towers Retirement Community. She was 92.

"The thing about her life that always struck me and others was she was a very giving and volunteering person," said her son, Merton Corwin Jr. of West Chester. "My father was 'Mr. Fix It' at Twin Towers. He was in charge of fixing things and she was in charge of fixing people."

An outgoing person, Mrs. Corwin made an impact on many people even in her last years at Twin Towers, her son said.

"She was very open, sharing, and a talkative person," he said.

Mrs. Corwin grew up in Cincinnati and graduated from Hughes High School. She married Merton Dudley Corwinof New York in 1935.

After her husband was hired by Baldwin Piano and Organ Co. in 1942 Mrs. Corwin began volunteering for the American Red Cross's Gray Ladies where she wrote letters and read books for patients.

She moved with her husband 22 times as her husband accepted transfers around the country, from San Francisco to Greenwood, Miss., before moving back to Cincinnati in 1965. All the while she continued to volunteer for the Red Cross.

In Cincinnati, Mrs. Corwin was a Red Cross volunteer at the Veterans Administration Center where she coordinated and trained other volunteers. She retired after 17 years of service.

She also volunteered with the First Presbyterian Church of Westwood, where she taught an outreach Sunday school class at English Woods. She also was a Girl Scout and Boy Scout leader.

In 1960, she joined the Westwood United Methodist Church, where she served on the board, was a Sunday school teacher and a Stephens Minister. Through the church, she served as a trustee of the Emmanuel Community Center in Over-the-Rhine She helped organize funding for adding residents' rooms and installing a boxing ring in the gymnasium, providing a sports outlet for the community's youth.

After she moved to the Twin Towers Retirement Community in 1991, she organized an exhibit, "Women and Their Life Treasures," to promote the American Red Cross and the importance of volunteering.

Her other interests included reading, gardening, cooking, traveling and playing the piano and organ.

Mrs. Corwin's husband preceded her in death in 1986.

In addition to her son, she is survived by a daughter, Carol L. Johnson ofEvanston, Ill.; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Twin Tower Retirement Community Chapel, 5343 Hamilton Ave., College Hill, followed by interment at 2 p.m. in Spring Grove Cemetery.

Memorials: Vitas Healthcare Corp. of Ohio, 11500 Northlake Drive, Suite 400, Cincinnati, OH 45249.


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