Robert Morcom Fearn, PhD

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Title: Professor Emeritus
Company: North Carolina State University
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina, United States

Robert Fearn, Professor Emeritus at North Carolina State University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in economics education.

With more than 40 years of professional experience to his credit, Dr. Fearn began his career as a graduate teaching and research assistant at Washington State University from 1952 to 1954, serving in his final year as the special assistant to the dean of faculty at the institution. Subsequently, he worked as an intelligence officer for the Central Intelligence Agency in Washington, D.C., for nearly a decade. In 1965, Dr. Fearn began as an assistant professor of economics and business at NC State University in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he worked for more than 30 years, rising to the rank of a full professor. From 1993 to 1996, he was the director of the graduate programs in economics at the university, and since 1996, he has held the designation of a professor emeritus.

In preparation for his career, Dr. Fearn began his higher education at Boston University, where he earned an Associate of Arts in liberal arts in 1950. He earned a Bachelor of Science in economics and business from Ohio University in 1952, and in 1955 he obtained a Master of Arts in economics at Washington State University. After completing coursework in mathematics and economics at American University from 1956 to 1957, Dr. Fearn graduated from The University of Chicago with a PhD in economics in 1968. In addition, he completed coursework in the Russian language at the Central Intelligence Agency, and completed coursework in the Greek language with the Hellenic American Union in Athens, Greece.

Dr. Fearn has contributed his expertise as a consultant on labor markets and development and has worked as a visiting professor at the Athens University of Economics and Business in Athens, Greece. In 1970, he was a member of the President’s Commission on Income Maintenance in Washington, D.C., and in 1974 he served as a member of the Economic Study and Ad Hoc Wage Board in Raleigh, North Carolina. Dr. Fearn has found additional success through his creative works, authoring a chapter in “The Pursuit of Recognition and Excellence: Phi Kappa Phi at North Carolina State University” in 2001, as well as “It’s Not Academic: Vignettes from a Non-Academic Life,” and “It’s Academic: Vignettes from an Academic Life.” He has written numerous further reports and contributed articles, chapters, monographs and book reviews to myriad publications.

Prior to his professional pursuits, Dr. Fearn served in the U.S. Army from 1946 to 1948, receiving an honorable discharge. He has been recognized for his achievements with many awards and accolades, including being elected to emeritus life membership with The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi’s NC State University chapter in 1998. In 1986, he received a distinguished service certificate for senate leadership from NC State University, and he has also been the recipient of numerous grants. Dr. Fearn is the past president of the NC State University chapter of Phi Kappa Phi and was the vice-chairman of the faculty senate at NC State University from 1983 to 1984. As a further testament to his success and stature, he has been selected for inclusion in numerous editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, and Who’s Who in the South and Southwest.

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