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College Mourns Passing of John Bear,
NSM Dean 1992-2010
October 25, 2016

Dr. BearHis Leadership Transformed NSM into a Premier Academic and Research Institution
John L. Bear, professor of chemistry and former dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, passed away on October 24. He was 82.
John L. Bear, 1934-2016He joined the University of Houston faculty in 1963, accepting an appointment as assistant professor of chemistry. At the time, the College’s chemistry, biology, physics and geology departments were housed in what is now known as the Old Science Building; the Fleming Building was under construction. Bear’s first office was in the attic of Old Science, and his lab consisted of a couple of benches in a space shared with another faculty member.
Those less than glamorous accommodations did not deter his research, teaching or leadership abilities. In 1975, Bear, now a professor, became chair of the Department of Chemistry. He held that position for 17 years. During that time, the department grew and became regarded as one of the University’s leading research departments.
In 1992, Bear was named dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. During his 18 years as dean, NSM saw dramatic improvements in many significant measures – research funding, student retention and graduation, enrollment, faculty hires, diversity, laboratory space, and academic prestige.
Through Bear’s leadership, the College experienced phenomenal growth – sponsored research doubled to $36 million, undergraduate and doctoral enrollment grew by more than a third, and the number of degrees conferred annually doubled.
Bear was passionate about student success. He initiated several student programs during his tenure, including the Scholar Enrichment Program, the Houston-Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation and the Houston Premedical Academy partnership between NSM, Baylor College of Medicine and the DeBakey High School for Health Professions.
Bear, who grew up near Lampasas, Texas, received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University) and his Ph.D. from Texas Tech University. He performed postdoctoral research at Florida State University.
The family has requested that memorial contributions be made to the John L. Bear Presidential Endowed Fellowship at the University of Houston’s College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, 3507 Cullen Blvd, Room 214, Houston, Texas 77204-5008. For assistance, please contact Janis Parsley,
There will not be a public funeral service; however, a memorial service will be held on Thursday, November 3, at 11 a.m., at the University of Houston’s A.D. Bruce Religion Center, 3841 Cullen Blvd., Houston, TX 77204. (Google Map)

A Special Event and Book Signing…UHAA Distinguished Alumnus Major General Barrye Price Book Launch

Date/Time:  Thursday, September 29, 2016 from 2-3:30 p.m.
Location:  Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion on the second floor of the UH MD Anderson Library (UH Building #509 at 4333 University Drive / Houston, TX  77204
Parking:  The closest public parking is at the Welcome Center Garage (UH Building #553 / 4434 University Drive / Houston, TX  77204) across the street from the event. Rates range from $2 for one hour to $8 for four hours and can be paid by credit card. (Please see directions/map to garage and library attached)
2:00 pm - Mingling
2:10 pm – Welcome to UH Campus by Mike Pede (’89)
2:15 pm – Pede introduces Congresswoman Shelia Jackson Lee
2:20 pm – Words by Congresswoman Shelia Jackson Lee
2:30 pm – Pede introduces KHOU’s Sherry Williams and Distinguished Alumnus Barrye Price for a “Conversation with the Author”
3:00 pm – Book Signing / Reception for mingling
3:30 pm – Conclusion
Book:  “Life on the Other Side of You:  A Story of Love, Death, and Renewal” According to Michael J. Meese, PhD (BG, U.S. Army Retiree and son of Former US Attorney General Edwin Meese) this books tells a great love story.  It tells of the tragedy, victory, relapse, small triumphs, and final heartbreak of cancer.  It tells of the inner circle around one who suffers - the close circle of friends, colleagues, and church leaders; and the outer circle of supportive but confused friends, troops, and church congregants.  It is written extremely well in an engaging, sometimes appropriately humorous style, and then later a gripping style (that even makes an old Army guy tear up!).   Life on the Other Side is a great read for everyone and a must read for those helping others suffering from the tragedy of cancer.  (This book is available on Amazon beginning Aug 31st or at the Sept 29th event for $10).
RSVP: Nancy Clark / 713.743.9550 / /

The Clean Power Plan: To Be or Not to Be?

Featuring guest speakers:
Al Armendariz, Deputy Regional Director, Beyond Coal Campaign, Sierra Club
Jeffrey R. Holmstead, Partner, Bracewell LLP
Vickie Patton, General Counsel, Environmental Defense Fund
Thomas Pyle, President, American Energy Alliance
Moderated by:
Tracy Hester, Professor of Environmental Law and Emerging Technology, UH Law Center
Tuesday, September 20th, 2016 • 5:30 - 7:00pm
UH Student Center South, Houston Room (220) • 4455 University Drive, Houston, TX 77204
Check-in: 5:00pm • Panel Discussion: 5:30pm • Reception: 7:00pm
For more information and to RSVP, visit
This is a free event open to the public.

UHS Retirees - Fall 2016 Breakfast

Date: Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Time: 8:30 a.m. for breakfast, followed by UH President Renu Khator's Fall Address at 10 a.m.
Location: Athletic-Alumni Center/O'Quinn Great Hall (3204 Cullen Blvd.)
Cost: $10 per person
Event Information and Registration: Available on
Contact: Nancy V. Clark at 713.743.9550 or

Houston History Spring Launch Reception

Houston History Magazine, published by Welcome Wilson Houston History Collaborative, invites you to a launch of the spring issue of Houston Histor, "Around the Region"

Date: Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Time: 5:30 - 7:30
Location: UH Army ROTC, Hofheinz Pavilion, Room 28
Cost: Free

  • See a demonstration and video by the Cullen Rifles of the UH Army ROTC
  • Hear a presentation on Houston ranch house architecture by author Dr. Stephen James
  • Meet the authors
  • Enjoy hors d'oeuvres and refreshments

Please see attached flyer for full details including directions and parking.

UHS Retirees Spring 2016 Lunch/Lecture

Cost:      $10 per person

Date:     Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Location:  O’Quinn Great Hall in the Alumni Center (3204 Cullen Blvd.)

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