Richard Charles Dahl
Richard Charles Dahl, professor emeritus of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law and its founding librarian, died April 16, following a seven-month battle with bone-marrow cancer. He was 85.
His acerbic wit could startle people, but inside he was soft as a marshmallow, with great love and loyalty to his family and friends. One of his joys was his great-granddaughter, Eleanor, who celebrated her first birthday in April.
Although his disease wore him out, Richard kept his humor to the end. While in the hospital, a nurse told him it was snowing in Phoenix, and he whispered, "Rosebud." He was quite perturbed that she didn't recognize his reference to the death scene in Citizen Kane.
Richard with Grace (center), Barry, and Grace's |
relatives in England.
Construction of Armstrong Hall with (from left)
founding dean, Willard Pedrick, and faculty:
Richard, William Canby, Edward Cleary and
Richard (front row, second from right) with College
of Law faculty, 1981