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Derek Scott Damron

June 4, 1960 ~ August 22, 2023 (age 63) 63 Years Old


Derek Scott Damron passed away Tuesday, August 22, 2023 at University Hospital’s Cleveland Medical Center, following a brief illness this summer.  He was born in Miami, FL on June 4, 1960. He is survived by his mother Dr. Geneva Damron of Kent, OH; wife Amy Damron (Batchelor), whom he celebrated his 9th wedding anniversary with on August 9, 2023; sons Kyle Mark (Hannah) and Corey Michael Damron and stepson Samuel James Rho. Derek was preceded in death by his father Dr. Oscar P. “Rex” Damron and younger brother Kevin Damron.

Derek’s impressive educational background included graduating from Kent Rosevelt High School in 1978 and furthering his education with a BS in Chemistry from Kent State ’83, Master’s Degree and PhD in Biological Sciences also from Kent State ‘87 and ’91.

Upon receiving his PhD, he started his 16-year career with the Cleveland Clinic where he earned several distinguished awards including: Robert C. Tarazi MD Fellowship Award for Cardiovascular Research (’92), Bernadine Healy Chairman’s Research Award (’93),

Post Doctorial Fellowship in Molecular Cardiology (’91-‘94).

In 2007 (till present day) he joined Kent State University as a Tenured Professor in Biological Sciences achieving Assistant Chair from 2012-2015.  His career is marked with numerous publications, clinical studies, peer presentations, awards and achievements too many to name individually. Derek was a friend, mentor and trusted advisor to numerous students, friends and colleagues during his time at Kent State.

Those who knew Derek were all too familiar with his gregarious, outgoing yet caring personality.  He cherished time with family while doing all types of extracurriculars; boating, golfing, fishing and time at the beach and on the water. Derek was a ping pong extraordinaire. He was a die-hard Browns fan and loved fall tailgates with his family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made, in his name, to the Kent State University Department of Biological Sciences, flashes.givetokent.org.

Calling hours will be Sunday, August 27, 2023 from 2:00-5:00PM at Bissler and Sons Funeral Home, 628 W. Main St. Kent, OH 44240.  Funeral services will be Monday, August 28, 2023 at 10:00AM at the funeral home.

Services in care of Bissler and Sons Funeral Home and Crematory, 628 W. Main St. Kent, OH 44240.

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Calling Hours
August 27, 2023

2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Bissler & Sons Funeral Home and Crematory
628 West Main Street
Kent, OH

Funeral Service
August 28, 2023

10:00 AM
Bissler & Sons Funeral Home and Crematory
628 West Main Street
Kent, OH


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