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Monday, June 16, 2014

Ind. Law - More on: Maennerchor Era Luncheon planned for June 18th

Updating this ILB post from May 19th, the Maennerchor Era Luncheon will occur this Wednesday.

The ILB would love to post the observations of attendees, as well as a list of those present. Photos too. Contact me here.

The ILB has obtained from the law school website this photo of the Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis faculty, circa 1969, the last year students graduated from the Maennerchor location, and the year I graduated.


The photo has very low resolution, but I can identity a few faces: Dean Foust, seated on left; Prof Harvey, behind Foust to the left; Prof. Jegan, second to the right of Harvey; Prof. Florence McMaster, second to the right of Jegan. Seated in front of McMaster, Prof. Townsend.

As I wrote in the earlier post, there was one woman professor at the time, Florence McMaster, the librarian, memorialized on this IU Law webpage.

Yesterday, with commendable timing, Libby Cierzniak, a partner at Faegre, Baker & Daniels, and a graduate of IU McKinney, published a long article in Historic Indianapolis on the history of the Maennerchor building. A quote:

During its 68-year life span, Maennerchor Hall served as a music academy, a ”Gay 90s” cocktail lounge, a USO club, and a law school. But its most lasting influence on Indianapolis culture may have come about in the summer of 1974, when the once-grand building sat vacant and vandalized as advocates for historic preservation and the arts scrambled to save it from the wrecking ball.
The article includes a number of photos, including one group of three photos with this caption:
Dean Cleon Foust (above right) poses with the massive fireplace before it was removed from Maennerchor Hall and installed at the new law school. The fireplace was moved again when the new facilities were built, and now graces the Woodward Room in Inlow Hall. Another longtime fixture to make the move from the Maennerchor to the school’s present day facilities was Professor Lawrence Jegen (above), who joined the law school in 1962 and has simultaneously educated and terrified thousands of Indiana lawyers, myself included.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on June 16, 2014 08:20 AM
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