By Robert C. Strybel
Vice President & Senior National Commercial Counsel
Chicago Title, NCS Chicago
I had the pleasure of working with Doug Karlen for the better part of twenty years. I benefitted greatly from his vast title knowledge, his almost encyclopedic memory, and his ability - usually safely within company parameters - of finding creative solutions to the most-complex of title issues.
As much as I valued the insight and expertise he so readily shared, what I cherish most is remembering Doug not just as a colleague or a mentor, but as a friend.
For a number of years - first at Clark Street and later at 10 South LaSalle - Doug was a regular at our lunch table, which featured an ever-evolving cast of underwriters, management and staff. While no one would confuse us with the Algonquin Round Table, we prided ourselves on occasionally solving a world problem or two - even if it only related to the Cubs' bullpen.