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Sep 3, 1921 - Jan 18, 2013 NORMAN Professor Emeritus Frank Elkouri, age 91, passed away Friday, January 18, 2013, in Norman, Oklahoma. He was born September 3, 1921, in Byron, Oklahoma, to David and Adel Elkouri. He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Edna Asper Elkouri. After attending University of Oklahoma as a student, graduating Phi Beta Kappa in 1943, Professor Elkouri continued his studies in law, earning an LL.B., LL.M. and an S.J.D. by 1951. He joined the OU College of Law faculty in 1952 and after retiring in 1985, remained an active member of the OU law community until 2010. His thesis, How Arbitration Works, was published in 1952 and is widely regarded as the authoritative treatise on the law and practice of labor arbitration. Working together, he and his wife jointly wrote and edited the second, third and fourth editions of How Arbitration Works and conducted research for the fifth edition. Recognized and honored for his achievements in the area of arbitration, he will be remembered by his colleagues and students as an outstanding author, scholar and treasured professor. Professor Elkouri also had a lifelong love for music and history. He played clarinet and saxophone in the OU Dance Band during the 1940s and later as a member of a law school combo. He continued to study music and worked for many years to document the history of music in an unpublished collection. In January 2009, Professor Elkouri and his wife published Stories of the American Civil War: Why and How it Was Fought, with proceeds donated to support medical research in osteoarthritis. Professor Elkouri and his wife understood the value of blessing others with the gifts they had been given, leaving a legacy for future generations through student scholarship endowments, including a large gift to the OU School of Law. Frank was loved by his family, and he loved them in return. He was preceded in death by his parents, David and Adel Elkouri; one brother, Kameel Elkouri; three sisters, Victoria Finley, Margaret Harris and Coleta Elkouri; and one brother-in-law, Joseph Asper. He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Edna; one sister, Lucille Cox, of Oklahoma City; one brother, Jim Elkouri, of Palm Springs, California; two nephews: Richard Cox, of Oklahoma City; and Michael Harris and family, of Edmond; and one niece, Michele Compton and family, of Oklahoma City. Funeral services will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday, January 22, 2013, at the Holy Ascension Orthodox Christian Church, 3350 12th Avenue NE in Norman (one block south of Tecumseh Road), with Father Justin McFeeters officiating. Burial will conclude in the Fairlawn Cemetery, 2700 North Shartel Avenue in Oklahoma City. Arrangements for Professor Elkouri and his family were placed in the care of the Vice family at the Havenbrook Funeral Home of Norman. Online condolences may be shared at www.havenbrookfuneralhome.com nbrookfuneralhome.com
Published in The Oklahoman on Jan. 22, 2013
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