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Monday, November 9, 2009

Fred Zacharias, RIP
Mike Rappaport

I was very sorry to hear of the passing of our colleague, Fred Zacharias, who was taken from us by cancer too soon.

Fred was a leading scholar in the area of professional responsibility.  But much more than that, Fred was a good, decent man.  He clearly was a great family man, who with his wife, Sharon, raised two fine children.

Fred never sugar coated things.  He was very frank and therefore, with Fred, you knew where you stood.  But you also knew that Fred was above all else a fair and kind man, whose heart and mind were in the right place.  He was a man of substance.

He will be sorely missed.

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He was a great professor who truly cared that his students learned. He brought a human side to his teaching that made his class genuine. He will be missed.

Posted by: Gregory Saybolt | Nov 10, 2009 3:45:47 AM

I knew Fred when we both were grade-schoolers at Manhattan's ultra-progressive Ethical Culture School. Although we were not close friends, I liked him. Even a child could see Fred was particularly thoughtful, curious and nice.

Interestingly, we both chose the same profession, but he ran in different circles. I am not surprised he is held in such high regard by his colleagues and students -- the qualities of an outstanding teacher were evident when he was a child.

I saw Fred only very occasionally if we happened to be at the same meeting. But, I can say, he certainly fulfilled the promise of his childhood.

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