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BY LARRY TEITELBAUM

Isabelle Johnston, 1968-2004. This is not an epitaph but a celebration of a wonderful career. After 36 years, Isabelle has retired.

In that time, she was perhaps the most important voice and face of Penn Law. She was certainly among the most enduring. Deans come and go but Isabelle was a constant.

Think about it. Over more than three decades Isabelle was assistant to almost as many deans as America had presidents. The roll call: Bernard Wolfman, James Freedman, Louis Pollak, Robert Mundheim, Colin Diver, and Michael Fitts. That she served each with such good cheer and unswerving loyalty is testament to her perseverance, dedication, organizational skills, and … patience.

“Isabelle’s cheerful smile and helpful attitude has made the Dean’s office a more welcoming place for students, alumni, and faculty,” said former Dean, Robert Mundheim. “The Law Community will sorely miss her. And I won’t know who to call to catch up on Law School news.”

To a close-knit community like Penn Law’s, Isabelle’s departure was seismic, which is why Dean Fitts, her current dean, noted her retirement in a schoolwide e-mail with an air of resignation but also eternal gratitude.
 
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