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February 05, 2018


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Orin Kerr

I didn't know him, but I hope you won't mind me expressing my condolences. So sorry for your loss, David.

Jay Feinman

Arthur was a wonderful mentor to me as a young a faculty member, a down-to-earth person with a wry wit. May his memory be a source of blessing to you.

Jamila Jefferson-Jones

I’m so sorry for your loss, David.

Greg Sergienko

I'm sorry for your loss, David. Your father will be missed by many in the academy. Of course I worked with him at Western State, after he'd retired from full-time deaning. He had a great influence on Western State's Foundation Law Points approach to getting students to understand the significance of what they learned in law school, as reflected in their law school grades, in preparing for the bar.

David Frakt

Thank you Orin, Jay, JJJ and Greg.

Steve L.

Very sorry for your loss, David.

Bill Araiza

I'm sorry for your loss, David. While I didn't know your father, when I joined the Loyola-LA faculty in 1995 most of my new colleagues did, and they spoke of him with a lot of affection. I know they will miss him.

Patricia Mecca

My condolences to you and your family on behalf of all of us here at Rutgers University Foundation. Although I did not know your father, I learned a little bit about him from his former classmate and tennis chum, Laddie Feher. I felt compelled to pay my respects. Laddie said that your father was a brilliant law administrator, accomplished scholar/athlete and a real Renaissance man whom he admired. I wish I had known him. It sounds like he lived his life with great integrity. May his spirit live on in all of you. The world needs more down to earth men with integrity, like your father. May he rest in peace.


I had heard nice things about him tangentially (I think it was when I was doing an internship at the ACLU after law school) but didn't realize that he led such a full life, both professionally and personally. These older guys had twists and turns that made their lives hugely interesting, almost like The Odyssey, whereas the paths now are so straight and boring in comparison. Condolences to the family, but he led a full life in every way and there is not much more that anyone can ask for. God bless.


Cousin Janna, David & Alex, so sorry for your loss. I enjoyed talking with Arthur over the years at various family functions. He always had an interesting point of view that could be discussed for quite awhile and a great sense of humor. He will be missed by the family and the tennis courts across the country!
Margaret & Tracey Dixon
Champaign, Il

Al Brophy

I’m real sorry to hear this, David. You and your family are in my thoughts at this tough time.

Tamara Piety

Having just lost my own father in early January, I know how terribly wrenching this can be. Your post is a lovely tribute. I did not know him, but something of his personality comes across in this piece. It appears that he was an honest, accomplished, amusing, talented, leader and a loving father. Please accept my condolences for your loss.

Lawrence Solum

I was hired at Loyola Law School by Arthur. He was a remarkable Dean, who led Loyola through a very difficult period. Because of a change in ABA standards, the Loyola faculty had to grow substantially in order to retain accreditation. Arthur managed a very tricky transition that involved both the hiring of more scholars and a number of tenure denials that were the result of rapid expansion. He was a strong leader but fair and compassionate. His tenure effected a radical transformation in the faculty and student body. There were many storms to weather during his time as dean, but he maintained composure and grace on almost every occasion. He was sharp and had very good academic judgment.

David, I hope you have many good memories of your father. He touched many lives and left the world a better place.

David Frakt

Thank you all for your kind words.


Jim May

Arthur was a talented and passionate leader at Widener University School of Law. During his time as dean of what amounted to two law schools, he succeeded during a period of great and complex growth in improving standards and bar passage, raising millions for a new building and other pursuits, hiring top-flight faculty and staff, elevating the reputation of faculty and the law school, and focusing attention on teaching, scholarship and intentional, meaningful service. He took his responsibilities seriously, but hardly ever himself. He could also tell and take a good joke. He could laugh at life and himself with a gleam in his eye. He was a doer of good, of right, of hard. He left a mark and will be missed.

Enrique Guerra-Pujol

David, Sydjia and I are so sorry for your loss. I had the great fortune of meeting your father during one of his visits to you in Orlando. I remember once we all drove somewhere in your mini-van. I don't remember where we were going, but I do remember your father's good cheer and his willingness to share ideas with me. I know he will be missed!

Bill Grewe

To the family of Dean Frakt, my condolences. There are few who, regardless of where they find themselves, are simply comfortable with the challenges and opportunities presented. Loyola, to this day, is indebted. My best to your family at this time.

Todd Brower

David, Please accept my deepest condolences on the loss of your father. I will always remember and appreciate his time with us at school and all he did.

Michael Falotico

Dean Frakt signed my diploma at Loyola Law. Nice fellow, always had a smile on his face. I did not know him well (he was the Dean of the law school, after all, and I was just a student) but on the occasions when we chatted it was always pleasant and enlightening for me. My condolences to you and your family.

Ethan Vaughn

David, so sorry for your loss. I was a tennis pro at Teton Pines and got to know your father during my few years there. He was a wonderful man and a great tennis player. I will never forget being his doubles partner during many of the “Men’s Nights.”

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