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May 23, 2018

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October 11, 2012
You will be truly missed! Thank you for being a wonderful Professor to us all, a loving husband to Charlene and great father to Betsy and Jesse. Jesse truly loved the long vacations and neverending support. You will always be his hero! Thank you for giving him and all of us wonderful memories !
October 11, 2012
I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. Fears. Words cannot accurately expressed the amount of respect I hold for him to this day. I studied under him in 1997-1998, and these were the most memorable courses I have ever taken. He was a brilliant, captivating, kind, remarkable man. He will truly be missed. My deepest sympathies to his family. My hope is you will know the incredible impact he had on so many lives.
October 10, 2012
Oh my heart hurts, I am so so sad.
The very first time I visited Dr. Fears I was all atremble and even near tears, for it is a vulnerable task to earnestly confess one's Dreams. I entered his office hurriedly and began my declaration abruptly, afraid that old cowardice might overcome my resolve. Speaking as one whose life is on the line (and in the truest sense it was) I said, “Hello sir, my name is Lauren Smith, most people forget my name, but it is very important to me that you do not, because in you I see what I most desperately desire to become.” In a less articulate outpouring of speech I continued on endeavoring to convey my essence. When at last I had finished my manifesto, Dr. Fears smiled knowingly and said, “So you love Wisdom too.”

In Dr. Fears I found an uncommon friend, sublime of soul, and an excellent guide, who altered the course of my life for the better. I am studying what I love in graduate school today only because of the time and effort Dr. Fears spent encouraging, kindly correcting and actively supporting my reading, writing and thought. Never did I guess that I would be deprived of my professor so soon. I am deeply thankful for his life's work which ultimately was to set all hearts ablaze for Wisdom and to recall us, all human beings, back to our best selves.

I owe so much to my beloved teacher's memory and thus I send off his spirit with bereaved Crito's promise, “the debt will be paid.”

The debt will be paid so long as I and all those who knew him remember his resounding principles and attempt to emulate the man who, “of all the men of his time was the wisest, the best, and the most just.”

Quotes from Plato's Phaedo, at Socrates' death scene.
October 10, 2012
As many previous posters have said- Dr. Fears was hands-down my very favorite professor. He was an astounding, interesting and inspiring person whom I greatly admire. Seriously, how many professors of the Classics & History get THIS kind of response from their students?! He made everything he taught interesting & alive. I really look forward to his Heavenly lecture series, once I get there to see him again. Rest in Peace Dr. Fears. We love you.