NEW YORK -- When Brooklyn Law School professors and alumni refer to an "institution," they might very well be talking about Professor Joseph Crea.
Colleagues and friends are gathering Monday to celebrate his 100th birthday at the school where he has taught for over six decades.
Crea's birthday was April 26 and the school marked the occasion on Facebook.
Crea began working at the law school as a librarian after his 1947 graduation and started teaching the next year. Besides teaching tax, tort, commercial and other aspects of law to generations of students, he wrote a legal research guide and served on a mayoral committee for selecting marshals.
Crea taught until September. He continues advising faculty members, sitting on the admissions committee and attending faculty meetings.
His career interest dawned when he found a pile of abandoned law books on a roadside in the 1930s.