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Brooklyn Law School Professor Joseph Crea turns 100

April 27, 2015 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Law School

Professor Joseph Crea, who turned 100 years old on April 26, has been teaching at Brooklyn Law School for more than five decades, including a course in Commercial Paper and Banking as recently as 2014.

“Legions of Brooklyn Law School graduates live by the vivid Creaisms he teaches, such as ‘the barrel rolls’ and ‘don’t drop your briefcase and run,’” said Nick Allard, dean of the law school.

The school will honor Professor Crea and seven others on June 11 at the Salute to Brooklyn Law School Icons Gala, which will be held on Ellis Island.

Some of his many professional achievements include authoring A Guide to Legal Research, serving on a Mayor’s Committee for the Selection of Marshals and serving as judge advocate for a veterans’ group.

The Joseph Crea Dean chair was established in 1998 in recognition of his numerous contributions to the Brooklyn Law School community.

He has also been honored with a Distinguished Achievement Award by his alma mater, Brooklyn College.

“Professor Joe Crea is one of a kind. He is a fabulous teacher, cherished colleague and world-class human being. His intellect, zest for life, courage and selflessness make him a giant of a man,” said Allard. “He inspires us by his example to work hard, persevere, and give back.”

Professor Crea is a lifelong Brooklyn resident who also served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

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