There aren’t too many people who hold multiple doctorates, but my friend Art Joslin had two: a Ph.D in Music, and a Juris Doctor law degree. I met him several years ago when he took one of my classes, and he became inspired to teach armed self-defense. He was already an accomplished shooter and martial artist, focusing particularly on teaching Krav Maga. He came to focus more on self-defense law, and we watched proudly as he went through law school and earned his J.D. He was preparing to take the bar exam. He impressed me and Marty Hayes enough that as Marty segued toward retirement, Art took over his role co-teaching the Massad Ayoob Group Deadly Force Instructor class with me. Marty, the founder of Armed Citizens Legal Defense Network, was sufficiently impressed that he brought Art in to take over ACLDN’s legal affairs section and he was preparing to move from his home in Michigan to Washington state where the Network is headquartered.
Then Art was diagnosed with liver cancer.
Art, who had recently lost his beloved wife to cancer, fought the deadly disease courageously. Last November when he and I taught a Deadly Force Instructor class together in Pennsylvania, he was still optimistic. Exhausted by the brutal therapy regimen, he nonetheless held up his end of the class, from lecture to moot court.
At the end of 2022, he received the terminal diagnosis and was told he’d be lucky to make it to the first of March. On the morning of February 22, 2023 he passed away peacefully in his sleep. His son James had been taking care of him, and when James gave me the death notification, he told me that Art hadn’t eaten in three weeks. The doctors were amazed he survived as long as he did, and attributed it to Joslin’s strong heart.
I’ll buy that. Art Joslin had a strong heart in more ways than one.
The bio ACLDN published when Art came on board is better than anything I can write. You can find it here.
We are diminished. Rest in peace, Brother Art. We lost you altogether too soon.