E. Dean Baldwin

September 23, 1939 ‒ November 09, 2020

Ashley, Ohio

Eldon (Dean) Baldwin, age 81, of Ashley, Ohio passed away peacefully on November 9, 2020.

Dean is survived by his wife of 56 years, Judy (Fogel) Baldwin, his son Jeff Baldwin and daughter-in-law Laura Baldwin of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, daughter Amy Miracle and son-in-law Alan Miracle, of Westerville, Ohio. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Erika, Jared and Ross Baldwin and Paige, Adam and Blake Miracle.

Dean was born on September 23, 1939, in Ashley, Ohio, to Inez (Reely) Baldwin and John Baldwin. Dean used the power of positive thinking to help him overcome early struggles in his life. He became a first-generation college graduate, earning his degree from The Ohio State University in 1963. After receiving his undergraduate degree, he worked as an agricultural statistician at the Bureau of the Census in Washington, DC. He went on to obtain his PhD in agricultural economics from the University of Illinois. He taught economics at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio from 1970 until 1974. In 1974, he began his 30-year teaching career at Ohio State. Throughout his career as a professor, he inspired countless young people to put forth their best efforts, always opening his door to work with anyone who sought extra help. As a result, he inspired his students to believe in themselves and develop a true passion for lifelong learning.

His family remembers Dean as resilient, compassionate, and good-natured. He listened to problems and encouraged finding ways to resolve them. As his family expanded, he and Judy became known as “Mother and Father Gallant,” a nickname given in tribute to their life experience, integrity and wisdom. He loved working outdoors, especially around his beloved childhood home and farm where he and Judy spent 20 years of retirement. He loved his German Shepherd companions, including the current family dog Heidi. He enjoyed talking with academic colleagues about research and developments in the field of agricultural economics. Some of his best moments were spent discussing current events and perspectives on life with his friends and family members, preferably while sharing a plate of chocolate chip cookies. He was incredibly proud of his grandchildren and their many accomplishments. He would do anything for a friend or family member in need, with the possible exception of spending hours walking around a shopping center.

Dean used his sense of humor and grateful mindset to weather many storms in life. His family will miss him every day. Dean transitioned peacefully to his heavenly home knowing that truth and hope had prevailed in our country.

There will be a private family burial on Thursday, November 12, with a celebration of life to follow when gatherings are safe in 2021.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer’s Association are welcomed.

To share a fond memory or to leave a message of condolence please visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center in Delaware is assisting the family with arrangements.

  • Papa, Father Gallant, having you as part of my life is one of the things I’ll always be most grateful for. I absolutely loved talking with you about life’s issues at the farm. You brought laughter and insight when we needed it most. I remember vacations in Florida, walks with the dogs, how you spent time with the kids on their “vacations.” I hope I can be more like you. I love you!!

  • Judy and family, sending sincere thoughts and prayers to all of you. Dean will be missed by all of us who knew him.

    Donna Mitchell & Family

  • Judy and family,

    I am so sorry for this loss. You have my thoughts and prayers for getting through this difficult time. It has been so special to see you at the Baldwin family reunions and learn of the Baldwin/Nolan genealogy.

    Margie Nolan Schuett

  • We send our most sincere sympathy and prayers to the family of Dean Baldwin.Dean was a true gentleman,kind and caring.He will be greatly missed by many people.We are blessed to have known Dean.May God bless his family with peace and comfort.Most sincerely,Bob and Louise Henry.

  • The thoughts of all in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics at Ohio State are with your family.

  • to the family of dean baldwin so sorry for your loss ..we got to spend time with dean and judy and it means a lot .we are going to remember him always. my prayer to you and the family.

  • I am so sorry for your loss. I had the privilege of working with Dean in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics at The Ohio State University for many years. He was a joy!

  • I am so sorry for the loss of dean.I had been to Dean and Judy’s home and I enjoyed talking to them at the Baldwin reunions.R.I.P in heaven Dean

  • Judy, Jeff, Laura,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I too always enjoyed listening to Dean’s stories. Smartest man I know and always a beart of kind words.

    RIP Dean and give Auntie a huge hug from me.

  • Judy, Amy, Jeff, Laura, and Alan-

    Dean was a true mensch! I remember spending time with him at his mom’s farm, where he patiently tolerated our middle school shenanigans. Dean sometimes loaned me the use of his typewriter while patiently watching me type with my two index fingers, and always exhibited kindness and interest toward me and any of Amy’s friends who visited Hollandia Court. I have been fortunate to indirectly benefit from Dean’s fatherLy advice as his daughter’s best friend for 45 years. May his memory be a blessing. My deepest condolences.

  • My deepest sympathy on your loss of a great man. I had Dean teaching many grain marketing meetings and was always available to discuss issues. Really enjoyed being in his presence. Again, my deepest sympathy.

  • Condolences to the Baldwin family. Worked many years with E.Dean in ag econ department and traveling the extension circuit. He tried his best to make me smarter, accepting failure with grace and a shake of the head. But I still refer to his old materials for ideas on how to make my PennState students understand grain marketing.

  • Judy, I just heard this news. I am so sorry for your loss. Dean was an amazing man and we were blessed to have known him. Please know that you and your family are in our prayers.
    Pastor Sheryl and Tim Seitz

  • My friend and colleague for many many years with OSU Extension. The local farmers in Coshocton County that I as an agricultural agent and Dean as a Grain marketing state specialist, always looked forward to Dean’s teaching. Simply, Dean made a difference to many people as an educator, teacher and friend. Dean, you did good!! WE will miss you my friend.

  • So sorry to hear of your loss. Eldon Dean and I (Joan Carper) were original members of Ashley’s first grade class. Although I had not seen him for many years, I recall having a wonderful conversation with him at one of our reunions about our China travels. He will be remembered fondly as one of our classmates.
    Joan and Dick Hickson
    Elm Valley Class of 1957

  • Dean was a wonderful person, Professor and friend. His wit and intellect was well known by farmers across Ohio, as he taught so many grain marketing classes for Extension audiences. There were many a snowy night that Dean would show-up to eager learners, wanting the know how to improve farm income and the family business. May God bless his soul and family.