William Sears (Bahá'í)
William Sears (March 28, 1911 – March 25, 1992) was a Hand of the Cause of God, writer and a popular television and radio personality. In 2010, he was honored at the Dawn Breakers International Film Festival for achieving excellence as a professional media personality.
Sears was married twice and had two children. His first wife, Kathleen Sears, died, leaving him with two children whom his second wife Marguerite Reimer Sears raised. Marguerite also introduced him to the Baha'i Faith and has written a book about his life.
As a Baha'i
Sears heard about the Baha'i Faith from his wife before they married. He researched the religion while they were married and became a Baha'i few years later. When Baha'is were called to pioneer around the world, Sears with his wife and two children pioneered to Africa where they stayed for about ten years. Sears was appointed a Hand of the Cause by Shoghi Effendi in the last contingent of Hands prior to his death in 1957.
He hosted a popular television show "In The Park" that ran from 1951-1953.
- Sears, William (1982). A Cry from the Heart: The Bahá'ís of Iran. Oxford, UK: George Ronald. ISBN 0-85398-134-5.
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- Harper, Barron (1997). Lights of Fortitude (Paperback ed.). Oxford, UK: George Ronald. ISBN 0-85398-413-1.
- Plagenz, George (2006-03-03). "Saints and Sinners, Awaiting the Third Coming of Christ?". Newspaper Enterprise Assn.
- William Sears: Pilgrimage to Haifa. April 1954.
- William Sears: Release the Sun. 1960.
- William Sears at Find A Grave.com
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