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Family-Placed Death Notice
FEARS, Jesse JESSE RUFUS FEARS Jesse Rufus Fears of Norman, Oklahoma died Saturday, October 6, 2012. He was born on March 7, 1945, in Atlanta, Georgia, to Emory Binford Fears and Hazel Davis Fears. He attended Sylvan High School. He earned his BA, summa cum laude, in History and Classics at Emory University in 1966 where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his MA and PhD in Classics at Harvard University. Rufus was a professor in the Department of History at Indiana University. He then joined the faculty in the Department of Classical Studies at Boston University where he served as chair. In 1990, he joined the faculty of the University of Oklahoma for the rest of his career. From 1990-92 he was the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. In 1992, he became the G.T. and Libby Blankenship Chair in the History of Liberty in which role he would serve for the rest of his life. He was Professor of the Year three times at the University of Oklahoma and received numerous accolades and honors. Rufus also studied at the University of Heidelberg and the American Academy in Rome. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Charlene, and two children, Betsy and Jesse. He is also survived by a brother, Emory Fears and wife, Jacquelyn of Atlanta and his sister, Laura Fears Callaham and husband, Robert, of Morgtanton, NC., and brother-in-law, Thomas Ganka and wife, Joanne, of Atlanta. He is survived by several nieces and nephews.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Oct. 25, 2012