Thursday, August 6, 2009
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OXFORD - Addressing participants at a philosophy conference in 2000, Dr. Bond Fleming said, "I have always been more involved in doing than in publishing. I have sought to do my writing in the lives of students."
Fleming, who died June 27 at the age of 99, was the former dean of Oxford College as well as a minister, teacher and philosopher.
Friends and family will gather at 11 a.m. Saturday at Old Church in Oxford to honor Fleming in a memorial service.
The service will be followed by a reception in Lovern Hall of Allen Memorial United Methodist Church, at 803 Whatcoat St. in Oxford.
"He could bring Plato into any conversation," said a former colleague.
Both Oxford and Emory were enriched by his commitment to doing, to living his philosophy.
A graduate of Emory and Candler School of Theology, he also earned a master's degree in theology and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Boston University, remaining engaged in scholarship throughout his life.
Fleming established the Oxford Board of Counselors and continued to attend its meetings until the past year. During his tenure as dean, he and his wife Mary Louise, who preceded him in death in 2005, held board dinners in their home, where Mrs. Fleming cooked the meal.