Pax Christi USA extends our deepest condolences to Ambassador of Peace Fr. John Dear, Steve and their brothers Dave, and Brian on the death of their mother, Dr. Margaret Regan Dear, who died on July 19 at age 91.
Dr. Dear earned a Ph.D. in sociology from the Catholic University of America. As a professor of nursing in the 1970s, she taught at Georgetown University, then Johns Hopkins University, then conducted research on staff of the National Institutes of Health. Her academic articles on a wide variety of topics related to nursing were published into this century. She ended her career in the 2000s at George Mason University. She was a co-founder and ardent proponent of the Nursing Foundation of Maryland.
As Steve shared in a Facebook post, his mother taught her sons to think critically, to be generous, to be aware of privilege, to be anti-racist and to stand for what is right, to laugh and to tell stories, and to have resiliency and to be of service. “She taught me about courage and determination to the last,” Steve wrote, “May we all, in view of life’s uncertainties, live our best lives, and work to build the Beloved Community here and now.”
Our prayers and sympathy to the Dear family during this time of grief. May their beloved mother rest in peace.