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John L. Bear

by Linda Wang
January 30, 2017 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 95, ISSUE 5

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Credit: Courtesy of Jerry Do
Credit: Courtesy of Jerry Do

John L. Bear, 82, died on Oct. 24, 2016, in Houston.

“John was raised near Lampasas, Texas. In 1963, he joined the University of Houston, occupying an attic office and sharing laboratory space. Recently, his research focused on dirhodium and diruthenium complexes in unusual oxidation states. In 1975, John began a 17-year term as chair of the chemistry department, and in 1992, he was appointed dean of the College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics, a position that he retained for 18 years. Under John’s leadership, the college experienced phenomenal growth. John was passionate about student success and during his tenure as dean, he established several innovative programs to enhance undergraduate education.”—Randy Thummel, friend and colleague

Most recent title: professor of chemistry, University of Houston

Education: B.S., chemistry, Southwest Texas State University, 1955; Ph.D., chemistry, Texas Tech University, 1960

Survivors: wife, Gigi; daughter, Jane Anderson; and sons, Greg, Mark, Bryan, Adham, and Fahd Alfadli

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