Paul B. Sears: Through a Daughter’s Eyes
Creators:Sears, Sallie Harris
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Citation:The Ohio Journal of Science, v109, n4-5 (December, 2009), 119-127.
Paul B. Sears was most at ease with his three children in any outdoor setting. There he pointed out the details of the landscape and the damage done by humans. He encouraged them to explore and deal with challenges. These interactions gave the children a sense of connection with their father that was often otherwise lacking. They also shared experiences on the family farm with Sears’ parents, which provided insight into his childhood. As his career developed, both his extensive academic duties and his popularity as a lecturer and speaker at meetings, which entailed extensive travel, often kept him away from his family. Throughout his life, Sears pursued many interests and learned new skills; his sketches were used to illustrate his books, and he later took up watercolor painting and calligraphy. In his final years, he seemed to be haunted by doubts about personal issues and to be more pessimistic about the future of our ecosystem. However, he left his children with an appreciation of the natural world as he saw it and respect for his life’s work.
Author Institution: Department of English, State University of New York