2007 Induction Poem
Like a philosopher, Robert Kramer loved ideas
and explored each one like a new continent
worthy of his attentions and critical inquiries
until he discovered the fertile country
of truth. Originality in thinking led him up
to the high ground of expressive language, to
the principles of law. Read for your life, he believed.
No wonder he reread Austen, Dickens, and Trollope
for a fuller life. Then one may be ready
for contract law, for the fair scaling of mountains
to the U.S. Supreme Court where each decision moves
the whole country, stirs the world of ideas.
A model citizen, David Fleming raised the bar
in service to profession and community. He upheld
ethical standards in corporate, banking, and savings and loan law
for 46 years, earning early the Jaycees’ distinction
of one of California’s Five Outstanding Young Men,
and serving finally the firm of Latham and Watkins,
third largest in the nation. Supporting justice, he resolved
conflicts in federal, state, county, and city circles.
With civic commitment as high a priority as career,
he contributed 70,000 hours to over 30 boards.
His surpassing leadership lifts charitable associations
to heights of appreciation.
After David Easson earned his pilot wings
in the U.S. Air Force, he swept the upper air
with leadership during W W II and Korea.
This command and combat airman served with distinction
at all his assigned stations. No wonder
he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross
with two oak leaf clusters. Minuteman
and Missileman, he rose to the rank of Major General.
A Kaaba Shrine Hospital Dad, he offers hope
at Children’s Hospital in Chicago. Among Quiet Birdmen,
he shares stories with other retired flyers, his hours
for air adventures raising him to cruising altitude.
Written by Dick Stahl and Nancy Hayes