54 Ohio St. L.J. [xxv] (1993)
A Tribute to Dean Francis X. Beytagh

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One of the most successful services I have ever performed for the College
of Law was serving as an alumni representative on the search committee to find
a successor to Dean James Meeks. Frank Beytagh's name came to us with a
stellar Curriculum Vitae and glowing endorsements. Upon meeting him, we on
the committee were most favorably impressed by his vision of legal education
and his force of character. In a field of fine candidates he stood very tall. To
our great advantage, he accepted the position offered him and set about
fulfilling and even exceeding the College's high expectations of him.
Frank possesses in abundance all of the qualities of a great dean-legal
knowledge, creativity, responsibility, judgment, moral integrity-but I have
had occasion to admire especially his strong, principled leadership.
Through the strength of his vision, Frank requires people to raise their
goals and to perform better than they thought they could. A tangible product of
his leadership and determination is the renovated and enlarged College of Law
building. Frank worked magic in planning and accomplishing this project,
which nearly doubled the building's size and enhanced its usefulness many
fold. He inspired all concerned to think of the addition in terms of a proper
structure for a first class law school with a brilliant future. When economic
factors imperiled the project, Frank marshalled all his resources with
determination and skill, adorned but not softened by his Gaelic wit, to bring the
project to completion. For many years to come, faculty, students and alumni
will benefit from this magnificent structure. I hope they all remember to be
grateful to Frank Beytagh.
Others will express appreciation for different facets of Dean Beytagh's
tenure as Dean. He has worked tirelessly to retain, recruit and foster a
remarkable faculty. He has raised the aspirations of the students by bringing to
Ohio State as speakers models of towering excellence in the profession. He has
forged links with other centers of academic strength, both at this University
and at Oxford University in England.
To me personally, and I believe to the alumni as a group, Frank Beytagh
has been an exemplar of all that is good about legal education. To the Law
College, he has been a great leader. We have all been truly blessed by Frank's
tenure as Dean, and I am happy to hear that he intends to return to teaching at
Ohio State.

* Partner, Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur, Columbus, Ohio.

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