Tributes to Abraham Dash (Responses)
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1/14/2014 15:24:58Dawn Millman Popp (Facebook Comment)So sorry to hear this sad news.
1/14/2014 15:25:23Lindsay Barnes (Facebook Comment)What a loss. He was one of my favorite professors.
1/14/2014 15:25:36Joshua Miller (Facebook Comment)Professor Dash's classes were some of my favorites during my time at Maryland. Such a loss. My condolences to his family.
1/14/2014 15:25:55Dayna Schneibolk-Kipnis (Facebook Comment)Legal profession at UMD law has been changed forever.
1/14/2014 15:26:10Aretha Hankinson (Facebook Comment)Prof. Dash's Criminal Procedure class was one of the highlights of my time at UM. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and colleagues.
1/14/2014 15:26:58Hilary Jackler (Facebook Comment)So sorry to hear this
1/14/2014 15:27:24Alicia Wilson (Facebook Comment)He was such a nice man and great professor. He will truly be missed.
1/14/2014 15:27:45Laure Ruth (Facebook Comment)My thoughts are with you. I loved him.
1/14/2014 15:28:01Jeremy Rachlin (Facebook Comment)So very sad. He was one of the good ones.
1/14/2014 15:28:19Koren Leslie Cohen (Facebook Comment)Loved his class.
1/14/2014 15:28:39Keith Ronald Miles (Facebook Comment)Great teacher. 100% class. RIP
1/14/2014 15:28:57Cristy Passman (Facebook Comment)His passing leaves a gap not quickly filled.
1/14/2014 15:29:15Lisa DeRosa Mathias (Facebook Comment)Prof Dash was a wonderful teacher. His administrative law class was vital to my work after graduation. He will be missed.
1/14/2014 15:29:32Tom Gravely (Facebook Comment)R.I.P. Professor Dash. I had fond memories of his Criminal Procedure class. He was a great teacher and told some very insightful stories during his lectures, all of which which were drawn from his wealth of knowledge and many years of experience.
1/14/2014 15:32:17Joey Kroart '13Me: “So, Professor Dash, how long have you taught the Legal Profession course?”
Professor Dash: “Well, I got here in 1972, and the Dean asked me if I would teach an ethics course for one year. And I’m still teaching it.”

For me, taking the Legal Profession course last semester was like stepping back in time to the law school experience of yesteryear (without Socratic drilling, of course). Professor Dash didn’t use Powerpoint or anything fancy. Rather, he sat at his desk and read through pages upon pages of legal pad notes (ostensibly recycled year after year). I don’t think he needed the notes though—I’m confident that he could have just spoken to us from the beginning to the end of each class. I loved how when he mentioned a case not found in the casebook, he stated the reporter citation twice (repeating it slowly for the benefit of any student who might decide to look up the case). His “war stories” were the best. They reminded students that they were being taught by someone who had really been through it all and seen it all.

He was a consummate gentleman. I was very saddened this morning to hear of his passing, yet grateful that I had had the opportunity to learn from him.
Joey Kroart '13
1/14/2014 15:32:30Professor Karen CzapanskiyThe best word for Abe is the Yiddish one -- he was a mensh. Kind, present, smart and sweet.
1/14/2014 15:32:42Professor Dave BogenIt is hard to believe that I won't see Abe again as I go by his office - hailing me with his cheery greetings. He really didn't know how to retire - or perhaps he did know, because he kept on teaching, finding his greatest joy (next of course to Mary Catherine and his family) in the classroom with his students and they loved him back. We will all miss him.
1/14/2014 15:32:52Professor Mark GraberI will never forget the twinkle in Abe's eye as whenever he went into my office, full of enthusiasm about the law, the law school, and our law students. He was simultaneously the most senior and youngest member of our faculty. We will all miss him terribly.
1/14/2014 15:33:16Professor Michael MillemannAbe was beloved and admired by lawyers and judges throughout the State of Maryland. He was the hands-down ethics expert in the State. He also was a great friend of the clinical program. He was always available to consult with the clinic on ethics issues, and his advice was always valued. The bar will mourn his passing.
1/14/2014 15:37:35Karyn Bergmann MarshHe was a dear man, a great attorney, and a wise counselor. Maryland and the profession have lost a good friend. I will always remember him with fondness and gratitude.
1/14/2014 16:19:42Professor Gordon YoungThere’s little, if anything, left unsaid about Abe. And yet anyone who knew him would want to be a part of these acts of remembrance. In the midst so many of his contributions to our school and the profession, it is his kindness, sweetness, and community-spirit that especially make him the unique colleague and mentor that he was to all of us.
1/14/2014 17:29:11RoninProf. Dash was a wonderful teacher and human being. His stories always added good humor to the class and the cases we were studying. I only went to his office hours a couple times but both times he was kind and took interest in what I had to say. I will miss seeing him around school.
1/14/2014 20:36:38Brad Nolet '13I had a case that I worked on where the client was guilty, and felt a little uneasy about the whole thing. It was weighing especially heavy on my conscience, and after a session of Admin Law, I decided to ask Professor Dash (Abe, or Dash as he was commonly known) for advice.

I was expecting the usual bit about it not being about guilt or innocence, but rather upholding the constitution. Instead, "Dash" shared with me a story about a law school buddy of his that defended a serial killer and got him off on a technicality, to then have the client kill again the next week. Dash then went on to inform me that his buddy never again practiced law, and that Dash now teaches! From that point on I knew I had a favorite professor.

Thank you Professor Dash for everything, you were a wonderful person and professor.
1/15/2014 11:30:26Jon BrasselI had several opportunities to work with Abe on both the Circuit Court and Appellate levels. He was a very fine and skilled attorney. More importantly, I developed a personal relationship which I will always cherish. Abe's thoughtfulness, humor and never ending curosity were always a pleasure to enjoy. He will be missed both professionally and personally.
1/15/2014 11:51:28Stephen Nolan -Class of '76 Without any doubt, Professor Dash was a tremendous influence on the thousands of law students who had the good fortune of experiencing not only his lectures but also his genuine love of the Law.

I was fortunate to develop a friendship with Professor Dash after Law School. He served as appellate counsel in the Blue Cross and Blue Shield subscribers' class action, solely because of his desire to protect the public interest involved in that case. Many trial lawyers - in and out of Maryland - called on him to testify as an expert relating to Professional Responsibility issues.

Professor Dash will be greatly missed and his family has my sincerest condolences - Steve Nolan

1/15/2014 12:11:50Maggi SmithOne of my favorite faculty members from the School of Law. I always made it a point to stop by his office and say hello whenever I was in for a visit. He was always cheery and quick with a smile and a laugh. He left this world a better place, in many ways.
1/15/2014 12:18:25Jessica OliveProfessor Dash's Legal Professions class was one of my favorites. I always enjoyed listening to his stories of various ethical knots he had found himself or others in throughout the years. Indeed, I had so much confidence in his judgment and discretion that even after I took his class, I felt comfortable approaching him with some ethical concerns of my own. I will never forget his advice to me, which was simultaneously pragmatic and understanding. He will be missed.
1/15/2014 12:26:13Darren FieldsI am so sorry to hear the news. My condolences to his family.
1/15/2014 12:27:34Colette Winston (class of 1977)Professor Dash was a truly gifted professor and a very special person who gave of himself to his students. Just a few days ago, while reviewing a criminal law principle with my law student daughter, I thought of Professor Dash, and how the principles he taught amazingly seemed to stick for decades. His passion for criminal law was infectious and his unbridled kindness was cherished. He will be missed and remembered.

--Colette Winston - USDOJ- (class of 1977)
1/15/2014 12:36:55JustinIt's overwhelming to think that a professor I had in law school, not so long ago, is gone. Prof. Dash was Kris Kringle in cardigan. A twinkle in his eye while he discussed the finer point of Administrative Law. A passion that only a robust career in public service can spark. I wish his family well during this difficult time, and am saddened for this loss.
1/15/2014 12:42:06Jim Sorrentino, 1984Professor Dash's Administrative Law class was a great experience! He made the study of Byzantine and Kafkaesque regulations not only fascinating but human. One story he told our class stood out for me: on the evening before a major decision in the Watergate Affair was due, Professor Dash received a phone call from someone in a position to know, warning that Nixon was on the verge of declaring martial law, and would refuse to release the White House tapes. The caller urged Professor Dash to leave the Baltimore-Washington area as soon as possible. (He did not.) With anecdotes like this, Professor Dash brought home the immediate impact that the regulatory state could have on our lives. I've worked for the federal government as a policy analyst since 1987, and I believe I am a better bureaucrat because of Professor Dash's influence. Thank you, Professor Dash!
1/15/2014 12:55:20Gordon ZubrodSitting in Professor Dash's class as a 1L and listening to his descriptions of murder trials that he had prosecuted and the battles undertaken, both inside and outside of the courtroom, I was convinced that the life of a federal prosecutor was both a challenging and, as evidenced by Professor Dash's character, an honorable profession. I owe a great deal to Professor Dash for inluencing the professional choices that I made. In fact my career roughly paralleled his: JAG (Marines), prosecutor and teacher of the law (adjunct at Dickinson School of Law in Pennsylvania). I am greatly in his debt.

Gordon Zubrod
Assistant U.S. Attorney
Senior Litigation Counsel
U.S. Department of Justice
1/15/2014 13:02:55Jack Joyce '88Those of us fortunate enough to have received the gift of his instruction in ethics will always remember him as a man who extended grace and respect to his students, who spoke with authority from experience, and who punctuated his lectures with the occasional cons-TEE-tutional reference when speaking about Watergate. Everyone who knew him will miss him.
1/15/2014 13:18:24Alysa HutnikProfessor Dash was one of my most memorable professors during and post-law school. An absolute class act. I can still distinctly hear his voice explaining an Alfred plea or ethics issue as if it was yesterday (even well over a decade has passed since I was in a classroom with him). He will be missed, but remembered by so many.
1/15/2014 13:19:29Julie GoodwinProfessor Dash was, as all have said, a gentleman and a scholar. As a student in his class in the early 80s, I also had a sense that he was our teacher and our friend. He never intimidated us; rather, he inspired us. My favorite story arose when I was in his Trial Practice class. As I recall, my partner and I served as prosecutors in a mock trial. Professor Dash encouraged us to invite friends and family to the trial. I invited my parents and they attended. To my shock and horror, Professor Dash invited my parents to serve on the jury! Of course, they immediately accepted the invitation with looks of glee. Seeing my expression, Professor Dash took me aside and said: "Relax Julie, you can be sure that you have two jurors who will vote in your favor." I had not looked at it that way. The moment of care that he took to reassure me made all the difference. All my jitters melted away and were replaced with the confidence that I always had knowing my parents were in my corner. He was all that one could hope for in a professor, a scholar, a gentleman and a friend. I will miss him but he will always remain close to my heart.
1/15/2014 13:50:04Tim ManuelidesProfessor Dash's ethics class was one of my favorites, one which I still remember vividly. He had great charm, not only because he was an outstanding ethics teacher and a gentleman, he could also tell a great story. He told many anecdotes, usually based on one of his courtroom battles, that always helped enlighten us on the subject of ethics. I still remember several of them.

I have not seen Professor Dash since law school, but I have thought of him. It was a privilege to have taken his class, and he is one of the reasons why I think the UM law school is such a great school.

My condolences to his family, I know he will be missed by them and everyone who knew him.

So long Professor Dash, and thank you for everything you did in your life.
1/15/2014 13:54:12James Miller Professor Dash was easily one of my favorite teachers that I have had at any level. His intellect and personality easily broke through any generational gap. I was lucky enough to have him for both Administrative Law and Legal Profession. In both classes he had encyclopedic knowledge of the material and an uncanny ability to break down very complex sets of cases into clear and concise concepts. Among all my professors, he may have been the most charming and polite. Yet this mild and sweet man would always tell his students the best stories from his time in the Justice Department, making him sound like a brash young lawyer, tough as nails, and ready to win. Because I sometimes fear that I can be too brash, Professor Dash inspired hope that I could one day be like him--calm and collected, never saying an unkind word.

I admired Professor Dash so much that I recently hatched a plan which I told some of my close friends. My wish was to convince Professor Dash to volunteer for an event at the Maryland Public Interest Law Project (MPILP) auction in which students could bid on the chance to have a drink with him in a future evening. Besides from the fact it could help raise money for MPILP, it would also allow me to pursue my own interest of having a casual conversation with him and learning more about his life. Although I never approached him on this matter, I am sure he would have agreed. Professor Dash will be missed, and I think students and teachers alike could all learn from his example.
1/15/2014 14:10:52Lindsay BarnesI had Professor Dash for Legal Profession and Criminal Procedure, and I could not have asked for a sharper, fairer, more pragmatic, or more gentlemanly teacher. His legacy of professionalism, practicality, straightforwardness, and serving the public good lives on in the thousands of attorneys who were lucky enough to call him their teacher. By the force of his words and his example, Abraham Dash made the bar a more honest and more civil community.
1/15/2014 14:21:04KLCMy one A+ in law school was in Professor Dash's Crim Pro class. I attribute that to his wonderful teaching. Thanks for everything!
1/15/2014 14:37:48Diane Mobley '93I learned administrative law from Professor Dash and I've used that foundation of knowledge every day in my career with the federal government. Professor Dash was a great educator and a great man and I will miss him.
1/15/2014 14:39:05Jane Canter `86I remember his class very fondly and his open and respectful approach to all students and others was very much appreciated. He treated everyone with the same degree of attention and regard, irrespective of who they were or how he knew them. He also favored our class with guest speakers about all aspects of the profession, and I particularly remember him making all of us aware of the Lawyer Assistance Program and its mission. I have known several people who have really benefitted from that program, and whenever I hear that good news, I always think of Professor Dash!
1/15/2014 15:20:11John K. Gardner, Md. 79I had the privilege of knowing Prof. Dash as one of his students, later as a mentor for me early in my professional career and then as a client. Above all, he was a dear friend. He gave life to the law and passed on his enthusiasm for it to all of us. I cannot say enough good about Prof. Dash and what he has meant to me in my professional life. Others have already characterized him above all as a gentlemen. They are right.

1/15/2014 15:53:24BI adored Professor Dash's twinkly eyes, mischievous look, and hilarious war stories. He was a legendary man whose tales and character made his classroom a rare place where we could feel human in law school. I will miss that rascal.
1/15/2014 17:45:43Gina Hertzig 86I remember him fondly as my teacher for ethics, administrative law and criminal procedure. He managed to make ethics at 8 a.m. both Interesting and engaging. May he rest in peace.
1/15/2014 18:23:09Irwin R. KramerI am very saddened to learn of Professor Dash's passing, but very grateful to have had him as a student. He was a man whose humanity and compassion truly matched his intellect. I will miss him.

1/15/2014 20:43:49Rebecca FennemanMy deepest condolences to the family. I remember Professor Dash very fondly for his quick wit, his resonant voice and his unassuming nature. He was my administrative law professor in the early 1990s. He inspired me to government service, and few days have passed in my professional career when I am not reminded of his humorous take on the travails of the government lawyer. I feel extremely privileged to have been his student.
1/16/2014 0:32:59David F. MisterAbe Dash was the law school professor I most often fondly remember and to whom I refer.
He taught me Criminal Procedure, Legal Profession and Administrative Law from 1971-1973. I sought out available courses taught by Professor Dash.
I,as, subsequently a prosecutor then criminal defense attorney, remember and have oft repeated to colleagues, employees and friends that Abe said " the rights of a citiizen are only as safe as applied to the most heinous criminal" (or something close thereto).
I have never forgotten that and regard it as a lifelong goal of an attorney to aid in seeking justice. I applied it as a prodecutor and private counsel and have repeated it many times to my colleagues, police officers and worked with, and my son, the police officer.
As an old attorney, now 40 1/2 after law school, I have my most fond memoriesand lasting rules of practice from Abe Dash.
I'm sorry that I never told him the profound and guiding effect he had on my proffessional attitude about respect for the law!
1/16/2014 6:46:19Professor Jose' AndersonWhen I was his student, he never compromised until he got my best effort. He would say "you might fool your colleagues, but you can't fool me, and you certainly can't fool yourself." It is still one of the greatest pieces of advice I have ever been privileged to receive."
I mourn with your family in its loss.

Professor Jose F. Anderson
University of Baltimore Law School
Maryland Law School class of 1984
1/16/2014 8:18:06Professor Jerry DeiseAbe- a gentle man and a gentleman. The world is diminished by his absence.
1/16/2014 8:18:58Julie GoodwinProfessor Dash was, as all have said, a gentleman and a scholar. As a student in his class in the early 80s, I also had a sense that he was our teacher and our friend. He never intimidated us; rather, he inspired us. My favorite story arose when I was in his Trial Practice class. As I recall, my partner and I served as prosecutors in a mock trial. Professor Dash encouraged us to invite friends and family to the trial. I invited my parents and they attended. To my shock and horror, Professor Dash invited my parents to serve on the jury! Of course, they immediately accepted the invitation with looks of glee. Seeing my expression, Professor Dash took me aside and said: "Relax Julie, you can be sure that you have two jurors who will vote in your favor." I had not looked at it that way. The moment of care that he took to reassure me made all the difference. All my jitters melted away and were replaced with the confidence that I always had knowing my parents were in my corner. He was all that one could hope for in a professor, a scholar, a gentleman and a friend. I will miss him but he will always remain close to my heart.
1/16/2014 8:21:13Professor Doug ColbertAbe was the "stand-up" teacher, who never missed an opportunity to say thank you and to express appreciation for our clinic's efforts to make the right to counsel a reality for poor people. He was the former prosecutor, who truly represented the "minister of justice" for an accused that the Model Rules asks of every government lawyer. Abe was the colleague who responded when we called for advice and counsel on issues that arose in practice. His generosity, kindness and grace represents a model of collegiality that should guide us in the days ahead. I thank you, Abe, for the many gifts you shared with us.
1/16/2014 10:26:59Joshua Raff (class of 1977)Professor Dash taught me a lesson which has stayed with me over 35 years of practicing law--the difficulty in drawing the sometimes delicate line between the lawyer's sense of personal as well as legal ethics and the advocacy to which every client is entitled--I still think of him when faced with those or related issues. Among the greatest lessons learned in law school from a thoughtful, engaged teacher. Condolences to his family.
1/16/2014 13:28:24Linda AbildsoI only had the privilege of knowing Colonel Dash for a short time but in that time I always looked forward to his visits to my office. The times he and I spent talking will always remain with me. He was kind, gentle, intelligent, well-rounded and above all a gentleman!

He will be missed by those of us here at St. Pius X School who had the privilege of knowing him. Our heartfelt condolences are extended to his family and especially young Michael.

Linda A. Abildso, Bursar
St. Pius X Regional School
1/16/2014 19:46:59Julie GoodwinProfessor Dash was, as all have said, a gentleman and a scholar. As a student in his class in the early 80s, I also had a sense that he was our teacher and our friend. He never intimidated us; rather, he inspired us. My favorite story arose when I was in his Trial Practice class. As I recall, my partner and I served as prosecutors in a mock trial. Professor Dash encouraged us to invite friends and family to the trial. I invited my parents and they attended. To my shock and horror, Professor Dash invited my parents to serve on the jury! Of course, they immediately accepted the invitation with looks of glee. Seeing my expression, Professor Dash took me aside and said: "Relax Julie, you can be sure that you have two jurors who will vote in your favor." I had not looked at it that way. The moment of care that he took to reassure me made all the difference. All my jitters melted away and were replaced with the confidence that I always had knowing my parents were in my corner. He was all that one could hope for in a professor, a scholar, a gentleman and a friend. I will miss him but he will always remain close to my heart.
1/16/2014 23:07:24Mark Alexander '97Professor Dash was an inspiring person who left a lasting impression on me. Truly sad news.
1/17/2014 9:07:48Senator Joan Carter ConwaySenator Joan Carter Conway, Chair of Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee, sends her deepest condolences to the family of Professor Emeritus, Abraham Dash, of the University of Maryland School Francis King Carey School Of Law. His commitment to the legal community, both as a practicing attorney and educator, is greatly appreciated and he will be sorely missed.

1/17/2014 12:15:20Professor Don GiffordI had the good fortune to have an office near Abe’s these past twelve years. Abe was totally dedicated to his students, his colleagues, his country, and his beloved wife Mary Catherine.

Abe was an ideal conversationalist because he was one of those rare individuals who cared more about what you had to say than what he said.

Abe was quietly proud of his service for his country. In later years, I always addressed him as “Colonel” (he was a Lt. Col. (ret. ) in the U.S. Air Force) and I think he appreciated it. He also told the story of being a young attorney in the Justice Department after Bobby Kennedy became Attorney General. Abe won a case and was surprised that the Attorney General personally congratulated him. Bobby asked whether there was anything he could do for Abe, and Abe responded that Kennedy could autograph a picture for him. That picture remained proudly displayed in Abe’s Office until his death, despite the fact that Abe’s political allegiances shifted in a different direction later in life.
1/17/2014 14:06:46Edward M. Waibel '99I am truly sorry to learn of the death of Abe Dash. As a member of the Class of '99, I benefited from the "perfect trifecta" by arranging my course schedule so that I could take Administrative Law, Professional Responsibility, and Criminal Procedure from this great educator. Additionally, Professor Dash served as my Certification Paper advisor -- an assignment which should have earned him either a second Purple Heart (for psychological torment above and beyond the call of duty) or, at a very minimum, a salary adjustment for "hazardous duty pay." As I learned belatedly from the eulogies of his close professional friends and colleagues, Professor Dash was very proud of his early career endeavors pursuing graft and fraud in high places. So, maybe that explained the twinkle in his eye whenever he say me enter his office with a working draft of my overly wordy Cert Paper titled "Psychological Profile of a White Collar Criminal ... and the Implications for the Inexperienced Practitioner." Although Professor Dash and I were a short generation apart, I regret not knowing while I attended the Law School of his exploits in World War II and the Korean conflict. As many others have stated, Abe Dash was so humble and so reticent to speak of those events and his heroic contributions. But, nevertheless, I would have liked to have hoisted a few "beverages of his choosing" and recount stories with him about my stepfather (who was at Pearl Harbor and blown from his ship into the water on the day of the attack) and my father (who was one of 60 crew members in B-17s that formed the very first bombing mission by the United States Army Air Corps in Europe during World War II). Both of these men are now buried at Arlington Cemetery. And now, with Professor Dash's arrival, my wife and I will have one more good reason to visit (as we do on Memorial Day each year and, sometimes, more frequently) the grave sites of men who truly were this country's greatest generation. For his service, his bravery, his enthusiasm, his dedication to his profession, his patience, and his wise counsel, I (we all) owe Abraham Dash our deepest and most profound gratitude.
1/17/2014 15:03:48URBINA FAMILY, NJMr. Dash lives in our hearts, we loved him, He will live forever in our memories, humble Gentleman.

Daniel chapter 12: verse 13, Revelation chapter 21 verse 4.
1/18/2014 6:45:56Frances Rogala Bilak '78Professor Dash was an educator who was inspirational and passionate about the law, and his students. He didn't just teach it, but brought it to life.

During my first year of law school, although he wasnt my professor, I developed a friendship with him. Hearing him tell his "war stories" and not of the war, but of litigation, were the most fascinating moments of our conversations. He was always kind, reassuring to a nervous 1st year and always had a twinkle in his eye. He was a humble and gracious person who was such a legacy to the entire legal community. Know that you left a mark on this world, Abe. Condolences to the family.
1/18/2014 11:36:15Alexis "Lex" KramerWonderful man and professor! As I wrote to him in 2006, I will think of him at least once a month for the rest of my life. Why? In the mid-1990's while in law school, I met with him for one reason or another. We happened to share our military experiences. I mentioned that I left the Naval Service after several years and was married with children. He told me that he was in the same position when he left active service with the Air Force but joined the reserves. He emphatically directed me to affiliate with the reserves. I dutifully complied by joining the Naval Reserve Unit at Fort McHenry. After reaching 20 years of active/reserve years, I retired. In 2006, I wrote to him. I stated he surely would not remember me but I wanted to thank him for his sage advice. From his gracious and kind note in reply, it was clear he did remember the advice. I’ll remember him not only for his great advice but as a fantastic professor. Condolences to his entire family.
1/23/2014 11:17:08Eric K. HontzIt was a privilege to take legal ethics with Professor Dash only a few years ago. He was an excellent storyteller and always had our rapt attention. Whenever I have encountered an ethical issue in practice I always ask myself, what would Professor Dash say? Professor Dash leaves a legacy of hundreds (perhaps thousands?) of former students asking themselves the same question.
1/24/2014 12:29:31CHARLES E. MCCLAIN, SRIt was a wonderful experience taking legal Profession summer 2013 under prof. Dash, even though I graduated from UM Law in 1985.

His greetings, straightforwardness, presentation of current applicable case law was heartwarming.

What a loss to law and humanity.
1/24/2014 21:17:35Barbara Dash (Granddaughter) Professor Dash wasn't a professor to me. He was my grandfather. For most of my life I grew up living right next door to him. I saw him on a daily basis as he walked out of his car when he returned from the law school. I will always remember his smile and how happy he looked just to see me and say a simple hello. He was always there when I needed him and he had a glow about him.

I read through all of the previous tributes. I want to thank everyone for their kind words and note that all of them are spot on. He was the kindest and most humble man I ever knew. He never bragged about himself and cared more about listening to you than talking himself. He told me very little about his accomplishments. Most of them I learned from my father, or when I asked him about his past because I stumbled upon some of his awards when helping him move. He really didn't like to brag at all. He only wanted to talk about what I was doing in school and my future career in the Navy.

Several weeks before he passed away, my grandfather moved into my home with my parents, my brother, and I. I got used to seeing him in the kitchen every morning drinking his coffee with some bread that we bought him. He was always so worried about getting in our way, but we were honestly just happy to have him with us. Just a week before he died, my mother and I bought him a belated birthday cake since we didn't have a chance to celebrate his birthday because we were too busy trying to move all of his things into our home. He was so happy and ate a piece with his coffee every morning after that.

I remember him walking around with that wooden cane that he left everywhere. He told me once that he really didn't need the cane. He thought it made him look more "prestigious."
I remember him telling my mother and I how happy he was to live with us. He felt relaxed and calm. He could finally get the rest that he needed and was surrounded by people who loved him. At least I know he died a happy man.

I was named after his first wife, my real grandmother, Barbara, who passed away before I was born. He always told me that he was proud of me for carrying her name and that I looked just like her, that I was so beautiful just like she was. He always had a portrait of my grandmother in his office at home. He was proud of how I brought honor to the one he loved. In a matter of time, he will be buried next to her. It’s a comfort to know that he is in heaven now with his one true love.

I will always have so many fond memories of my grandfather. He was a remarkable man and loved me so much. Many people have told me that he was very proud of me. I always knew this. It was even more evident when I went to the law school to get some things from his office. He had many plaques and awards hanging on his walls and sitting on his desk. He didn't have any photos except for one, a photo of me. It was lying on his desk right next to his computer, as if he were looking at it the last time he was in his office. I will never forget this.

My grandfather was a huge reason I decided to join the Navy. He was an inspiration to me and I wanted to make him proud. I will never forget how excited he was when I got my acceptance letter for the Navy ROTC program. Unfortunately, he will not be able to see me commission next year. It is a tradition in the military that when an officer commissions, they give their first salute to a person they care about or is important in their life. I wanted to give him my first salute. It saddens me that he won't be able to be here.

These past 2 weeks have been the hardest 2 weeks of my entire life. I was so used to him being here everyday in my house. Now the house feels too quiet. I can't bring myself to go into his bedroom. Making phone calls to tell people the news was more than just difficult. Calling his wife who was living in Atlanta was the hardest call we had to make. It's not easy telling someone their husband has died.

He will always be a big part of my life. I'm going to continue to finish college and join the Navy in his honor and he will always be my role model. I love him and miss him so much. Rest in peace grandpa. I know your happy in heaven, with your one true love.
1/26/2014 16:02:52Dave BogenI suppose his accent was supposed to be from Philadelphia - the substitution of a y for an I - "Consty-tution", but no one else ever had quite the same accent - Abe's voice was unique. It was loud enough that I could always hear him despite losing my hearing, and it also always carried joy. Whether he agreed or disagreed with you, he did it with enthusiasm and gentleness at the same time. We will miss him very much.
1/29/2014 17:03:44James Benjamin, Jr.On behalf of the UM Carey Law Alumni Board, I wish to extend heartfelt sympathies to the family, friends and colleagues of Professor Dash. He was dedicated to his craft and genuinely loved teaching. I fondly recall Professor Dash sharing his "war stories" during Criminal Procedure and Legal Profession classes. Indeed, even after graduating from law school, I would call Professor Dash periodically and pick his brain about issues involving ethics and professional responsibility. He so loved the law.

The law school experience was truly enriched having had Abraham Dash as a professor. He was a class act and will be sorely missed.
1/30/2014 15:16:24Mayangui NkoukaI am grateful that I had an opportunity to take a class with Professor Dash. He was one of my favorite professors. My condolences to his family.
4/22/2014 11:55:33Jeff Weaver '98Sad to hear about Professor Dash's passing. I enjoyed attending his criminal procedures lectures in the late 90's - he was always a positive force, teaching the law in that clear and to the point manner of his. He made an impact on me, and I will always remember him teaching that class, and his friendly nature.
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5/31/2014 23:16:48Arthur R Gamble JR JD '94Some people inspire you beyond measure by demonstrating their belief in your ability.

The monumental accomplishments and humility displayed by Professor Dash motivated many to achieve and to do so with high ethical standards.

The lessons he taught will serve us well for life.

Condolences to the Dash Family and our University of Maryland School of Law Family stay encouraged.

Professor Dash left a tremendous Legacy and he is certainly appreciated and missed by those he touched.
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