14 Nova L. Rev. 1 (1989-1990)
Karl Krastin: Friend and Colleague

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Karl Krastin: Friend and Colleague
This is the second issue of a Law Review dedicated to Karl Kras-
tin. The first was a volume of the University of Toledo Law Review,
published in the fall of 1976. That occasion was Karl's June 30, 1976,
retirement as Dean of the University of Toledo College of Law, a posi-
tion he held for thirteen years. Given the historically short tenure of
law school deans, Karl's feat made him a law school Lou Gehrig. Had
the Ohio University system not required retirement at age sixty-five,
Karl might have continued on. But Ohio's rules were Nova's good
fortune.
Karl called me in the spring of 1976 and wondered, in his raspy
voice, whether we might have need of him. Our Law Center was in its
infancy. We had opened our doors in the fall of 1974, secured provi-
sional accreditation shortly thereafter, and were marching ahead with a
young, vigorous faculty. Here was an eminence grise, a disciple of
Myres McDougal and Harold Lasswell at Yale, a Yale S.J.D., a for-
mer Army Major, a University of Florida Law Professor from 1948 to
1963, a law school dean who, according to a colleague, took Toledo
from a small night school located in the attic of the University library
to a school of 600 students located in a well-designed new law center.
Did we need him? Yes.
I knew that Karl would bring to our endeavor more than just his
law school experiences. He would bring wisdom, kindness, good judg-
ment, decency. I am struck now, upon reading the Toledo Law Review
dedications, how often Karl was described in terms that attest to his
humanism. The adjectives are telling: honest, warm, open, fair, gra-
cious, democratic, compassionate, approachable, kind, decent, friendly.
All who have known Karl (at least those who have written about him)
praise him for being a good person. In any life that would be enough,
but there is more.
Karl was a mentor to many. Lester Brickman, whose comments
follow these, is one of many beneficiaries of Karl's forty law school
years in New Haven, Gainesville, Toledo, and Fort Lauderdale. As I
travel, I am always asked by judges, lawyers, and professors whom he
taught, and touched, How's Karl?

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