Thursday September 7, 2006

Former Law School Dean Dies

Dick Braun helped restart the UD School of Law in 1974. Before he left in 1980, he helped the school receive its American Bar Association accreditation.

Dick Braun, the dean who helped restart the University of Dayton School of Law in 1974, died Aug. 14 in Raleigh, N.C., at the age of 88.

He served as UD School of Law dean until 1980 and helped the school receive its American Bar Association accreditation.

The law school was originally founded in 1922 but was closed during the Depression era, reopening in 1974.

"Dean Braun built wonderful relationships with members of the Dayton bar and bench," current UD law school dean Lisa Kloppenberg said. "He contributed greatly to the school's re-establishment."

In 1980, the School of Law gave Braun its first Honorable Walter H. Rice Honorary Alumni Award for demonstrating extraordinary commitment to the community, profession and the School of Law.

The award's citation said, in part: "Given his stellar military, academic, governmental and business background, his selection as the first dean proved to be most fortuitous."

Braun also was the University of Detroit law school dean and taught law at Georgetown University, Southwestern University and Campbell College. He also served as deputy assistant U.S. attorney general.

He is survived by his wife, Anne; a son, Richard; and a daughter, Susan Payne. Two wives, Virginia and Libby, and a son preceded him in death.

A memorial service was held Aug. 16 at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home in Raleigh.

For more information, contact Lisa Kloppenberg, at 937-229-3795.