Frank Leib: 1944-2020
Assistant Professor Frank Leib was part of Temple University's community for many years. After receiving a BA in English from Dartmouth University in 1966 and an MEd in English education from Harvard University in 1968, and after some time spent teaching high school, Dr. Leib came to Temple for graduate study in English. He received an MA in English in 1976 and a PhD in English in 1982. He then shifted his studies to religion and received an MA in comparative religion in 1986 and a PhD in American religious experience in 1994.
Dr. Leib had a very long history with Temple’s Intellectual Heritage Program. The most recent chapter of that history began when he returned to the program after some time away in 2001. He initially taught as an adjunct professor and then joined the program full time a year later. Over the years, Dr. Leib taught many courses for English, Religion, and the Honors Program, in addition to his work in Intellectual Heritage.
Dr. Leib was known for his erudition, his wit and his commitment to students. The sight of large numbers of students crowding into his office or waiting outside was common.
The heartfelt comments below from some of those within the College of Liberal Arts who knew Dr. Leib best are telling.
"Dr. Leib is not only an amazing professor but also a very kind man. He gives good feedback, hosts very thought-provoking lectures and is an overall quality professor. His office hours are super accessible, and he deeply cares about his students." –Anonymous Student
"I remember a faculty development session Frank led on how he made student conferencing an integral part of his pedagogy. I can still hear his voice stressing the mentoring connection that we can make with our students." –Avruhm Addison
"He had a verbal flair and tender dramatics that held my attention and moved my heart and many others’, too." –Aldona Middlesworth
"One of his great skills was his ability to listen and ask questions, which made him very enjoyable to talk to." –David Racker
"Frank was deeply kind and empathetic—partly due to his excellent manner and practice of openness and intent listening, but partly due to his big heart. He never neglected to encourage me, especially in those early years, and he never failed to let me know that I was valued as both a person and an educator. He took me seriously as a brand new baby to academic instruction and taught me much about being a real person for my students, and that sometimes, that's what they need from us the most." –Carrie Biermann Cyphers
"It was always humbling and inspiring to see how he helped the students meticulously and thoroughly, going back and forth with them in dialogue after dialogue." –Jeffrey Ethan Lee
"May his memory be for a blessing, and may he rest in peace." –Richard Libowitz
“Our revels now are ended....
And, like the baseless fabric of this vision,
The cloud-capped towers, the gorgeous palaces,
The solemn temples, the great globe itself,
Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve,
And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,
Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff
As dreams are made on, and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.”
–William Shakespeare, The Tempest