January 17, 2012
Reynold Joseph Kosek, Jr., age 64, of Ormond Beach, Florida, died on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at his home. He had waged a long and incredibly courageous battle against cancer. Reynold was born in Wilkes-Barre. He was predeceased by his mother, Martha Hotstutler, and his father, Reynold Joseph Kosek, Sr. He is survived by his dearly beloved wife of almost 20 years, Janine Records Kosek of Ormond Beach; brothers, Malcolm (Barbara) and Michael (JoAnn), all of Wilkes-Barre; his dear cousin, Dawn Mastrodonato (Ron) of The Villages at Lady Lake, Fla.; brother-in-law John Records (Glena) of Petaluma, Calif.; and nieces, Sarah Kosek of Wilkes-Barre, Elizabeth Records of Corvallis, Ore., and Rosemary Records of Ft. Collins, Col. Reynold received his college education at West Virginia University. Following his graduation in 1968, he served with honor as a first lieutenant in the United States Army. He then earned a Master's in Library Science (M.L.S.) at the State University of New York at Albany in 1971, followed by a law degree (J.D.) in 1975 at the University of North Carolina School of Law. He became a member of the state bars of California and Pennsylvania and followed his father (an attorney for the State of Pennsylvania) and his paternal grandfather (a mayor of Wilkes-Barre and a judge) into the legal profession. Reynold began his career in the legal profession and legal education at the Law Center Library of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where he served as the Head Public Services Librarian. In 1977, Reynold was hired to serve as the Reference Librarian at Mercer. For the next decade, he served in progressively more responsible positions in the Law Library, including the role of Acting Director. By1987, Reynold had attained the rank of full Professor of Law. For 28 consecutive years, until his retirement in 2010, Reynold was selected by graduating classes to be one of four hooders in the annual Senior Class Hooding Ceremony. On five different occasions, Reynold received the Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award that is determined by the vote of each graduating class. When Reynold retired in 2010, the Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award was given its final and permanent name: The Reynold J. Kosek, Jr. Excellence in Teaching Award. At the 2010 Law School graduation ceremony, Reynold was the first recipient of the newly-named award. One of Reynold's younger colleagues recently wrote that "Reynold was a teacher of special timbre … ." He certainly was that, but he also was something more. He was a man of honor in an era when honor is given short shrift by far too many people. He said little about the academic issues of the day, but when he did speak, his words were delivered with courtesy and intellectual precision, and they left an echo of true wisdom. His life was a reminder that the traditional virtues of hard work, trustworthiness, and the fulfillment of professional and personal responsibilities mean as much —perhaps more — in this fast-paced, high-tech world as they ever have. Reynold Joseph Kosek, Jr. was a legend, and the legend lives. A memorial service for Reynold will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 28, 2012 at the Haigh-Black Funeral Home, 167 Vining Ct., Ormond Beach, Florida 32176. The family will greet friends at the funeral home following the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made for indigent patient care to Vitas Hospice, 2381 Mason Avenue, Suite 100, Daytona Beach, Florida 32117. Reynold and his family were very grateful for the excellent care provided to him by Vitas Hospice.