. He was a professor of classics at the University of Oklahoma, where he held the G.T. and Libby Blankenship Chair in the History of Liberty. He was also a popular lecturer and writer, who taught and wrote about ancient history, the history of liberty, and classical studies. He is best known for his many lectures for the Teaching Company, a series of educational courses on various topics. However, the exact cause of his death remains a mystery, as neither his family nor his colleagues have disclosed it publicly.
J. Rufus Fears’ Career and Achievements
J. Rufus Fears was born on March 7, 1945, in Atlanta, Georgia. He earned his bachelor’s degree summa cum laude in history and classics at Emory University and his Ph.D. from Harvard University.
Fears was a prolific and influential scholar, who authored books such as “The Cult of Jupiter and Roman Imperial Ideology” and “The Theology of Victory at Rome.” He also edited a three-volume edition of “Selected Writings of Lord Acton,” a 19th-century British historian and champion of liberty.
Fears was also a passionate and inspiring teacher, who attracted large numbers of students to his classes on freedom in Rome, freedom in Greece, and the great books. He was selected three times by OU students as Professor of the Year and was named by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence as the recipient of the Medal for Excellence in College and University Teaching
Fears was also a frequent guest on radio and television shows, where he discussed current events and historical issues. He also lectured across the country and was a regular contributor to the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, a conservative think tank.
J. Rufus Fears’ Death and Legacy
J. Rufus Fears passed away on October 6, 2012, leaving behind his wife, two sons, and a daughter. The news of his death was announced by his colleague and friend, Dr. David Boren, the president of the University of Oklahoma. Boren said: “Rufus Fears was one of the greatest teachers in the history of our state. He was a brilliant scholar and a man of great courage and integrity. He loved his students and they loved him.
The cause of Fears’ death was not revealed by his family or his university. Many fans and admirers speculated that it might have been related to his health problems, such as diabetes and heart disease, or to his stressful workload and travel schedule. However, there is no official confirmation or evidence to support these theories. Fears’ obituary did not mention the cause of death either.
Fears’ death was mourned by many people who appreciated his contributions to the fields of history, education, and liberty. His students, colleagues, and friends expressed their condolences and gratitude on social media and other platforms. His lectures and writings were praised for their depth, clarity, and relevance.
J. Rufus Fears will always be remembered as a brilliant and charismatic scholar, who dedicated his life to the study and teaching of the history of liberty. He shared his knowledge and wisdom with thousands of students and listeners, who learned from his insights and perspectives. He also challenged and enlightened his audiences with his analysis and commentary on the contemporary world. He showed us that history is not only a record of the past, but also a guide for the present and the future.