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Longtime IU Maurer dean worked in ‘dream job’ for 33 years

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Leonard Dennis Fromm, associate dean for students and alumni affairs at Indiana University Maurer School of Law, died Feb. 2 at the I.U. Health Bone Marrow Transplant Unit in Indianapolis. A celebration of his life will be held later this week.

Fromm, 70, had been assistant dean for students and alumni affairs since 1979 and described it as his “dream job” because it allowed him to use all aspects of his academic background in his service to the students, law school and university community at large.

He was born in Iowa in 1942 and received his B.A. in philosophy from Conception College in 1965 and his M.A. in counseling psychology from Marquette University in 1967. He also studied math and engineering at Creighton University. Fromm earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 1977, and he completed all but his dissertation for his doctorate in higher education at that institution.

Fromm worked as an adviser and counselor at Maurer Law School on a range of matters, including academic concerns and personal problems. He oversaw the Fellowship/Scholarship program, commencement and state bar certification.

Fromm was awarded the school’s Gavel Award five times for his contributions to students.

When time allowed, Fromm loved to golf and enjoyed his excursions with friend and colleague Daniel Conkle. He also took great joy in attending his children’s band performances and basketball games in high school and college. He was a proud supporter of Bloomington High South basketball and music programs, Indiana University and the Butler University basketball program.

He is survived by his wife Donna Wilber-Fromm; daughter Callan Fromm, Bloomington; son Erik Fromm, Indianapolis; brother Robert (Bobbie) Fromm, Hobe Sound, Fla.; sister Peg (Steve Sarkis) Fromm, Bloomington, Minn.; as well as nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Trinity Episcopal Church in Bloomington. A reception will take place in the Great Hall at the church immediately following the ceremony. The Maurer School of Law will host an additional memorial event at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the I.U. Foundation, P.O. Box 6460, Indianapolis, IN 46206, for the benefit of the law school’s Leonard Fromm Memorial Fund.

 

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