A 1928 graduate of the Chestnut Hill Academy, John Brock Lear, Jr. (1910-2008) studied illustration under Thornton Oakley at the Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Arts, forerunner of the University of the Arts, graduating in 1932.
John Lear worked in watercolor and oil and he taught illustration at Rosemont College from 1955-1963, at the Hussian School of Art in Society Hill in the 1950s and 1960sw and also at the Philadelphia College of Art. From 1963-1975, Lear was the art director at the Presyterian Board of Christian Education.
His work is in the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Florida Gulf Coast Art Center in Clearwater, the Reading Museum, and the Woodmere Art Museum in Chestnut Hill.
His last exhibition was at the Chestnut Hill Gallery & Frame Shoppe in May, MacBride said, and close to his death he was preparing for a show in Stockton, N.J.
Mr. Lear was a member or associate of the American Watercolor Society, the Philadelphia Art Alliance, the Philadelphia Watercolor Club, the Philadelphia Sketch Club, the Art Teachers Association and the Woodmere Art Museum.