UM Carey Law Professor Emeritus Abraham Dash Has Passed Away
The University of Maryland Francis
King Carey School of Law community mourns the loss of its friend
and colleague, Professor Emeritus Abraham
Dash, JD. Dash passed away Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, at his home.
He was 86.
"For decades Professor Dash was a well-loved and highly respected
member of our faculty and the larger legal community," said UM Carey
Law Dean Phoebe A. Haddon, JD, LLM. "We will all miss his energy, wisdom,
and commitment to the highest ethical standards of our profession."
Dash was "a triple threat -- a man with three careers," said former
dean and professor Karen Rothenberg, JD, MPA, in 2005, at the time of
Dash's retirement from the School.
In addition to his work as a teacher and scholar, he served with
distinction as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force and as a litigator in the
federal government, bringing intelligence and integrity to all three
"Abe Dash was a class act," declared Carey Law professor William
Reynolds, JD, in a eulogy he wrote for the UM Carey Law
"He was the hands-down ethics expert in the state," noted Carey Law
professor Michael Millemann, JD. "He was also a great friend of the
After enlisting in the Navy at 16, near the end of World War II, Dash
flew transport planes and bombers during the Korean War, becoming the
sole survivor of his 51st combat mission when his plane was shot down
over Korea. He continued to fly for the Air Force until 1955 and
remained an officer in the Judge Advocate General's Corps until
retiring as a lieutenant colonel in 1987 after a 42-year military
"I never knew if I was to salute him every morning when I passed by his
office," Rothenberg recalled.
After earning his JD in just two years from Georgetown Law, Dash spent
many years in public service with the federal government. In addition
to his work as associate counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee, he
practiced as a litigator, serving as an associate counsel for the
National Labor Relations Board, director of litigation for the Criminal
Division of the Department of Justice, and deputy chief counsel to the
Comptroller of the Currency in the Treasury Department.
As a Justice Department attorney, Dash won an important case and
personal congratulations from Attorney General Robert Kennedy, who
asked if there was anything he could do for the successful young
lawyer, recalls former UM Carey dean and professor Donald Gifford, JD.
Dash asked for an autographed picture of Kennedy. "That picture
remained proudly displayed in Abe's office until his death," Gifford
noted, "despite the fact that Abe's political allegiances shifted in a
different direction later in life."
In 1970, Dash joined the faculty of the University of Maryland School
of Law, where he taught courses in administrative law, criminal
procedure, and the legal profession.
In addition to teaching law students, Dash was a guest lecturer or
instructor at the National Judicial College, the American Bar
Association's Administrative Law Section, the Federal Administrative
Law Judges Conference, and the National Institute of Trial Advocacy,
among many professional bodies.
Details about his funeral are available
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