Abraham Allen Dash

December 2, 1927January 12, 2014
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Abraham Dash (Age 86) U of M School of Law, Professor Emeritus. On Sunday, January 12, 2014 of Bowie, MD. Husband of Mary C. Dash and the late Barbara C. Dash; father of Franklin Dash (Miriam); stepfather of Gregory Dash, Michael Dash (late), Judith Robson (Mark) and Susan Gaffney; brother of Ruth Hecht, Raymond Dash and the late Samuel Dash, Harold Dash and Jeanette Yeres; grandfather of Barbara Dash, Michael Dash and step-grandfather of Christine Robson. Family will receive friends at the Robert E. Evans Funeral Home, 16000 Annapolis Road, Bowie, MD on Sunday, January 19, 2014 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 pm where a funeral service will be held at 10:30 am, Monday, January 20, 2014. Reception to follow. Interment at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Air Force Aid Society or Fisher House Foundation.



  • Visitation Sunday, January 19, 2014
  • Visitation Sunday, January 19, 2014
  • Funeral Service Monday, January 20, 2014


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June 10, 2014

Dear Frank,
So sorry to read of the loss of your distinguished, accomplished Father.
Regards, Karen Losco Kutcher

Mary Dash

March 9, 2014

Thank you, so very much to all of you who have written a memory of my husband, Professor Abe Dash. I have printed them to save in a book forever.

February 10, 2014

All of us at the Human Rights Commission send our sincerest condolences to you for the passing of your wonderful patriarch. We know this is a difficult time and we are praying for you.

For me, personally, Professor Dash has made a tremendous impact. He helped me with my career and with life choices in general. I once took a law class with him, and I'll never forget how smart and humble he was. And he not only preached the letter of the law, but also the ethics of the law! I will always remember his incomparable style, instilling knowledge while at the same time being tremendously entertaining.

Professor Dash leaves behind an incredible legacy. He was a man among men and will be missed by many, but mostly by his wonderful family. May the love of God give you comfort and the love of friends give you peace.

Patricia L. Gatling
Commissioner and Chair
Commission on Human Rights

Mayangui Nkouka

January 31, 2014

I am grateful that I had an opportunity to take a class with Professor Dash. He was one of my favorite professors. My condolences to his family.

James Benjamin, Jr.

January 30, 2014

On behalf of the UM Carey Law Alumni Board, I wish to extend heartfelt sympathies to the family, friends and colleagues of Professor Dash. He was dedicated to his craft and genuinely loved teaching. I fondly recall Professor Dash sharing his ""war stories"" during Criminal Procedure and Legal Profession classes. Indeed, even after graduating from law school, I would call Professor Dash periodically and pick his brain about issues involving ethics and professional responsibility. He so loved the law.

The law school experience was truly enriched having had Abraham Dash as a professor. He was a class act and will be sorely missed.

Dave Bogen

January 29, 2014

I suppose his accent was supposed to be from Philadelphia - the substitution of a y for an I - "Consty-tution", but no one else ever had quite the same accent - Abe's voice was unique. It was loud enough that I could always hear him despite losing my hearing, and it also always carried joy. Whether he agreed or disagreed with you, he did it with enthusiasm and gentleness at the same time. We will miss him very much.

Charles E. McCain, Sr

January 29, 2014

It was a wonderful experience taking legal Profession summer 2013 under prof. Dash, even though I graduated from UM Law in 1985.

His greetings, straightforwardness, presentation of current applicable case law was heartwarming.

What a loss to law and humanity.

Eric K. Hontz

January 29, 2014

It was a privilege to take legal ethics with Professor Dash only a few years ago. He was an excellent storyteller and always had our rapt attention. Whenever I have encountered an ethical issue in practice I always ask myself, what would Professor Dash say? Professor Dash leaves a legacy of hundreds (perhaps thousands?) of former students asking themselves the same question.

Alexis "Lex" Kramer

January 29, 2014

Wonderful man and professor! As I wrote to him in 2006, I will think of him at least once a month for the rest of my life. Why? In the mid-1990's while in law school, I met with him for one reason or another. We happened to share our military experiences. I mentioned that I left the Naval Service after several years and was married with children. He told me that he was in the same position when he left active service with the Air Force but joined the reserves. He emphatically directed me to affiliate with the reserves. I dutifully complied by joining the Naval Reserve Unit at Fort McHenry. After reaching 20 years of active/reserve years, I retired. In 2006, I wrote to him. I stated he surely would not remember me but I wanted to thank him for his sage advice. From his gracious and kind note in reply, it was clear he did remember the advice. I'll remember him not only for his great advice but as a fantastic professor. Condolences to his entire family.

Frances Rogala Bilak '78

January 29, 2014

Professor Dash was an educator who was inspirational and passionate about the law, and his students. He didn't just teach it, but brought it to life.

During my first year of law school, although he wasnt my professor, I developed a friendship with him. Hearing him tell his ""war stories"" and not of the war, but of litigation, were the most fascinating moments of our conversations. He was always kind, reassuring to a nervous 1st year and always had a twinkle in his eye. He was a humble and gracious person who was such a legacy to the entire legal community. Know that you left a mark on this world, Abe. Condolences to the family.