Dr. John Mears – He led the first group of students to study abroad at SMU in Graz, Austria. Not only had several of us attended his classes at SMU, but he made the Hapsburg Monarchy and Eastern European History classes come alive through our travels in Austria and ‘Eastern Europe”. He introduced us to culture and customs and encouraged us to explore Graz and other countries nearby. He was constantly making this a very special program, from lectures outside of class to special programs in Graz.
At SMU, he continued to support and challenge students in the history department, he always had an encouraging word!