Keith N. Haley, 80, of Tiffin, passed away Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at a hospital in Lima. Keith was born August 13, 1940, in Springfield, OH, the son of the late Rodgers and Effa (Neal) Haley. He married Shelby Moon on April 28, 1961, in Springfield. Keith is survived by his wife of 59 years Shelby; daughter Jill (Tom) Prohaska; grandsons Michael and Trey Prohaska; two great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by two sisters Jeannine Monchilovich and Marcia McVicar. Keith was designated as Professor Emeritus at Tiffin University for his stellar achievements and contributions in the field of criminal justice. He served as Dean and Chairman of the University’s Criminal Justice Department and helped establish a graduate school of criminal justice administration in Bucharest, Romania. Keith was also instrumental in launching Tiffin University’s online education. In London, OH, Keith served as Executive Director of the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy and for 15 years taught and provided leadership as Chairman of the Criminal Justice Department at the University of Cincinnati. He also served as coordinator of the criminal justice programs at Collin County Community College in Texas. As an academic and scholar Keith has authored, co-authored and edited more than 50 books and publications, always exploring and expanding the reach of criminal justice issues in contemporary culture. He is co-author of Introduction to Criminal Justice, published by McGraw-Hill, a textbook used in colleges and universities across America. For years Keith also hosted a weekly radio show called Jumbled Justice. When it came to building and innovating programs a colleague once quipped, Keith is a “ball of fire.” Keith earned a B.S. in Education from Wright State University and an M.S. in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University. Keith served as an electronics repairman and NCO in the U.S. Marine Corps following his graduation from Springfield High School in 1958. Soon thereafter he served as a police officer in Dayton after graduating first of his class at the academy. When not teaching or writing vocationally, Keith enjoyed running marathons, biking, writing poetry, listening and playing both classical and country music. One of his proudest most joyful experiences was carrying the Olympic Torch preceding the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City. A private service will be held by the family with burial in Rose Hill Burial Park, Springfield, OH. Memorial contributions may be made to www.prisonfellowship.org. Arrangements have been entrusted to Richards, Raff & Dunbar Memorial Home. Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.richardsraffanddunbar.com.
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