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Monday, December 10, 2012
DADE'S FIRST PUBLIC DEFENDER
Robert "Bob" Koeppel, Dade County's first Public Defender has passed away. He died on December 8, 2012. From the on line Obit: Robert L. Koeppel, known to friends and family as Bob, passed away Thursday Dec 6th at South Miami Hospital. Bob was born in Jamaica New York on July 15, 1930. He was the second son of Aaron and Frances Koeppel. His father sold cars, used at first and then purchased and ran a new Dodge dealership. After Graduation from high school he attended University of Miami where he attained a degree in Psychology. He then went on to Law School graduating from UM Law in 1954. Bob began his legal career back in New York but quickly returned to South Florida where he became Dade County's first Public defender in 1957. He was re-elected to the position in 1965 and served the county as its first Public Defender for 13 years. Bob began his private practice after leaving the Public Defender's office. He was in private practice in the law firm of Koeppel, Stark, Marks and Newmark for many years ultimately retiring from the practice of law in 1990. OK REGJB oldtimers: who has memories of Bob Koeppel?
Read more here: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/herald/obituary.aspx?n=robert-l-koeppel&pid=161550188#storylink=cpy