Theodore Roosevelt Dann


Theodore Roosevelt Dann



Born to Lithuanian immigrant parents in Tiptonville, Tennessee, on July 30, 1905, Theodore Roosevelt Dann would spend most of his life in Indiana. He was raised in New Castle, where he graduated from New Castle High School in 1924, before enrolling at Indiana University in Bloomington. "Teete," as he was known to friends, led his class scholastically and was named by President William Lowe Bryan, President of the Board of Aeons (Lowe’s student advisory council.) Upon receiving his A.B., with distinction, in 1928 he enrolled at the Indiana University School of Law. Dann, again, excelled academically. He was Chairman of the Indiana Law Journal (v. 5) Student Board of Editors (today’s Editor-in-Chief), elected Order of the Coif, and was recipient of the Phi Delta Phi award for graduating first in his class.

After receiving his J. D. degree from Indiana in 1930, he received a Master’s of Law degree from the Harvard Law School in 1931. He then settled in Indianapolis and began practicing law under the watchful eye of attorney Jackiel Joseph. Hard work and dedication resulted in a growing and successful law firm, one that eventually employed more than twenty-five practitioners and became Dann Pecar Newman Talesnick and Keiman.

Dann was devoted to the Indianapolis Jewish community and served for over 40 years as Director of the Jewish Welfare Board, as well as serving as the President of the Board of the Jewish Community Center, and Director of the Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation. Long a supporter of Indiana University he advised and assisted the University in numerous endeavors. Theodore R. Dann was inducted into the Indiana University School of Law Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 1987. Dann died on December 27, 1993.


Maurer Alumni, Dann Pecar Newman Talesnick and Keiman, Academy of Law Alumni Fellows


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