Academic journal article Behavior and Social Issues

In Memoriam: Don Baer, 1931-2002

Academic journal article Behavior and Social Issues

In Memoriam: Don Baer, 1931-2002

Article excerpt

Don Baer was my teacher.

He was sometimes a father figure.

I like to think he was something of a friend.

But above all, I regard Don as the sort of person everyone should know at least once. I am glad I knew Don.

Don's sudden death, a few days before his retirement and a future filled with plans, left us shocked and bereaved. I would like to believe that Don was too vital to have spent much time on matters of dying. I would also like to believe that it is perhaps best that persons of such vitality go quickly, avoiding the encumbrance of pain and reduced agility. But it is for members of the behavioral community to "rationalize," to believe that there is something good in the awful. I believe that Don's sudden loss will continue to send out shock waves for a long, long while.

Don, eclectic in his knowledge, no doubt know Goethe's story of a scholar possessed of all earthly knowledge, but still lacking for one thing: a moment of sublime and perfect beauty. …

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