As an orthodontist in Miami Beach and Northeast Miami-Dade for decades, Dr. Michael Krop made it a habit to not only straighten teeth, but to know his patients.
Most of his patients were kids.
So after years of listening to their problems — many concerning schools in Miami-Dade County — he decided to run for the Dade County School Board.
Krop, who maintained his practice while serving on the board for 24 years and even had a school named after him, died Tuesday from heart disease at 88. He died in his Bal Harbour home.