The Norman Transcript


January 21, 2013

Frank Elkouri

NORMAN — Funeral services for Professor Emeritus Frank Elkouri, 91, an outstanding scholar and a nationally recognized authority in arbitration, will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday, at the Holy Ascension Orthodox Christian Church, 3350 12th Ave. NE in Norman (one block south of Tecumseh Road) with Father Justin McFeeters officiating.

The Trisagion Prayer of the departed will begin at 7 p.m. today in The Chapel of the Havenbrook Funeral Home, 3401 Havenbrook Street in Norman.

Professor Elkouri was born Sept. 3, 1921 in Byron, Okla. the son of David and Adel Elkouri. He passed away Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 at the Norman Regional Hospital.

After learning of Professor Elkouri’s passing, University of Oklahoma President David Boren said, “In the entire history of the OU College of Law, no faculty member has been more dedicated to his students and more generous to the school than Professor Frank Elkouri. I will always feel fortunate to have been able to study under him when I was a law student and to benefit from his international expertise in his field.”

Professor Elkouri enrolled at the University of Oklahoma, beginning a relationship that would last a lifetime. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from OU in 1943 with a bachelor’s degree in government. He earned his first law degree, an LL.B., from OU in 1947 before his legal studies took him to the University of Michigan, where he was awarded an LL.M. in 1948 and an S.J.D. in 1951. It was a doctoral thesis, written while pursing the final law degree, that set the course for a long-lasting, highly successful career as a beloved law professor and nationally recognized expert on labor arbitration. 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.

Professor Elkouri practiced law in Oklahoma City with Quinlan & Elkouri, a firm he co-founded with a classmate. Later, Professor Elkouri served as an attorney with the National Wage Stabilization Board in Washington, D.C., and Dallas prior to joining the faculty of the OU College of Law in 1952. During his time in Washington, D.C., he met Edna Asper, a freshman at George Washington University Law School.

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