Alan Martin Sear was born on January 25, 1944 to Louis Sear and Rose Rosenthal Sear in Chattanooga, TN. He is survived by two loving daughters, Celeste Elaine Sear of Atlanta, GA and Jacqueline Sear House of Jacksonville, FL; three wonderful grandsons: Simon Jayaram, Benjamin and Jeremy Newman, two beloved sisters: Carolyn Rosen and Annette Wade; seven nieces and nephews, his Stepson, Kirill Korshunov, Ph.D. and his companion Clara Eason.
He earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and his Ph.D. degree from Purdue University. After graduation from Purdue, he began his career as a faculty member at the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine at Tulane University, where he taught graduate and medical students (which he continued to do during his academic career). He conducted and published original research, on health services delivery, provided technical assistance to Universities, health care organizations and governments in Mexico, Colombia, and Ecuador and he served as the Director of the Population Studies Unit in the Institute for Health Services Research at Tulane. He then went on to provide technical assistance in health care information systems and management to the Ministries of Health in Barbados, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic and Grenada.
After his work at Tulane he accepted a research appointment at the International Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction at Columbia University. He was also awarded faculty appointments in the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University in the Departments of Public Health, and Obstetrics and Gynecology. He also served as Research Director and Administrative Director of the Western and Upper Manhattan Regional Perinatal Network at Columbia University.
Dr. Sear moved to the Department of Health Administration in the College of Public Health at the University of South Carolina in 1976 and then to the Department of Health Policy and Management at the University of South Florida in 1987, where he remained until he retired as Professor Emeritus in 2014. During his years at these Universities he was very gratified to supervise many master’s and Ph.D. students who have gone on to establish themselves in successful careers in practicing health care management, in teaching graduate level health care management and in conducting health services research. He was also a founding member of the western Florida chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Student Chapter of The American College of Healthcare Executives at the University of South Florida.
He passed away on September 26,2023. A private service will be held at the New Rodeph Sholom Memorial Gardens, Tampa, Florida.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorial contributions be made to Congregation Rodeph Sholom, 2713 Bayshore Drive, Tampa, FL 33629.