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Willard Timothy Austin

Willard Timothy Austin

Wednesday, January 7th, 1942 - Friday, September 18th, 2020
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W. Timothy Austin, 78, of Indiana died September 18, 2020 at his home. He was the husband of Betty Mugot-Austin, whom he married in 1983.

Born January 7, 1942, in Lakeland, Florida, he was a son of the late Willard and Eva (Bolen) Austin.

He served in the Army as an SP4 with the Military police, serving during the Vietnam era.

Timothy received his BS and MA from Florida State University and his PhD from the University of Georgia. Prior to his career in academia, Tim worked briefly for the FBI.

He was a scholar, with a passion for writing and research. Tim became a mentor to many undergraduate and graduate students. He was a board member of the International Peace Research Association Foundation. He published several books and numerous journal publications. At IUP, Tim chaired 22 Doctoral Dissertations in the Criminology Department. He received several prestigious awards and grants including 3 Fulbright Scholarships and a National Science Foundation Grant. He is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at IUP.

He enjoyed traveling, in particular international travel. From a young age, he remained a lifelong Ham Radio operator.

Tim is survived by his wife, Betty and his son, Philip Franklin Austin, both of Indiana. His siblings John Franklin Austin, of Boca Raton, FL and Carol Sue Austin, of Poulsbo, WA also survive him.

He was preceded in death by his parents. He will be interred at Oakland Cemetery.

Cremation arrangements at Rairigh-Bence Crematory under the direction of the Rairigh-Bence Funeral Home in Indiana. Online condolences may be offered by visiting
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Dr. William Simmons

Posted at 02:32pm
I was saddened to see that Dr. Austin passed away. He was popular as a professor at IUP for sharing his research experiences that I’m sure helped each of us as we moved on. He loved traveling and told us many stories of his experiences. He will be missed.

joni Marshall

Posted at 03:48pm
so sorry for your loss!
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Vincent E. Miles, Ph.D.

Posted at 02:30pm
Dr. Austin was my dissertation chair and a great man. He encouraged me from our first meeting in the Fall of 1990 (As a Masters student). He had a great sense of calm that motivated me to model many of my ways after him. He will be missed by me & my classmates. Prayers to the wife and family!

Love, Jessica, Eric, and Michael

Posted at 05:24pm
So much love to your family. Heartfelt thoughts go out to y'all in this time.
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Victoria Time

Posted at 02:11pm
Dr. Austin was an unassuming erudite professor who preferred to be lost in the crowd. He was a simple man with a big heart, and an encyclopedic knowledge. He enjoyed teaching and reveled in his students' successes. He was extravagant with his time. It did not matter what the issue was, he listened intently and never passed judgment. He cheered me on from when I was a budding professor until the last days when he no longer could help himself. The last things he did before passing were to write a letter of recommendation for me as he fought for his life, and to try to write one more chapter for a second book he and I were to co-author. It always amused me how I would send him a text message to watch Dancing With the Stars, or Miss Universe Pageant, and how he would oblige, and we would text back and forth our rankings of contestants. The discipline has lost one of its best ethnographers. I have lost my favorite professor, my mentor, my co-author, and my close friend. Dr. Austin (he preferred to be called Tim, but I couldn't bring myself to do so), thank you for everything. You were an exceptional human being, and you did exceptionally well. Now it is time to rest. Farewell until we meet in eternity. Victoria (Vickie) Time.

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