Dean Emeritus Norman Redlich, of NYU Law School, died last week. Redlich, who served as dean from 1975-88, presided over a significant era of growth at NYU - one that included the hiring of both President John Sexton and Dean Ricky Revesz. An extensive obit covering his significant legal career can be found in the NYT. Redlich oversaw the construction of two of my own former residences - D’Agostino Hall and the Mercer Street Residence. He also built a pricey, controversial, and attractive central library staircase that generated the following Law Revue lyric (sung inevitably to Jesus Christ Superstar):
Norman R, Superstar, taught us the law so we'd pass the bar; He's the dean, law machine, best damn staircase we've ever seen.
He was 85.