Longtime state senator Allan Spear dies

  • Article by: JON TEVLIN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 13, 2008 - 7:48 AM

Spear, 71, wanted to be known not as a gay legislator, but as a legislator who happened to be gay who fought for justice.

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olelena2Oct. 12, 0810:15 PM

to die. I met Allan Spear in 1975 when he and I appeared on a talk radio program in Southern Minnesota discussing the ERA. I rank him with Walter Mondale, Paul Wellstone and Hubert Humphrey in representing the Minnesota in which I've always wanted to live. It's sad to know that he will not be able to cast his vote in November in this important election.

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tmbmplsOct. 12, 0810:21 PM

Allan Spear - A strong leader in the State Legislature who believed in equal rights and treatment for everyone across the board and a beloved member of the GLBT community. You are loved and you will be missed!

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davemaierOct. 12, 0810:32 PM

I had the honor of knowing both Allan and June. It was always so enjoyable spending time at their home, Allan's dry sense of humor and June's sweet disposition was always so refreshing. I will miss him very much.

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zenk0006Oct. 13, 08 1:54 AM

Allan Spear was one of my history professors when I attended the U of M. I had several classes with him and learned a great deal from him. He a great man who was well respected by his students and fellow educators. He will be greatly missed.

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orchidismeOct. 13, 08 8:10 AM

While I only met the Senator a few times, each time I was struck by the fact that he was not only incredibly intelligent but completely down to earth. He really was "just one of the guys".

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JSpartzOct. 13, 08 9:09 AM

I first met Allan in 1968. I worked on his unsuccessful legislative campaign in 1968 and his first successful one in 1972. I dealt with him on occasion during his legislative career and found that he always honored his promises and was never disingenuous. His reputation went from that of a brash radical to one of the most respected members of the Senate, yet he never lost his passion for remedying injustice. He will be missed.

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topmanlbOct. 13, 08 9:14 AM

I had a large auditorium class at the U in 1975 with him, too. He had a brilliant mind and in that environment with so many people he kept my interest. I knew about his politics at the time and recall thinking how gutsy he was to put himself out there like he did. He paved the way for others and broke new ground in MN. Rest in peace Prof. Spears. You made a difference in the lives of folks you never met!

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Mister_EOct. 13, 08 9:18 AM

The number of politicians that have earned respect both for their public service, and for their life in public, are few and far between. Spear was one of the best.

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lizajaneOct. 13, 08 9:19 AM

Simply stated, plainly put. One of the very best. My heart aches for those who will never have the opportunity to know Allen Spear. The compassionate world lost an advocate last weekend.... far too soon.

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smdentOct. 13, 08 9:40 AM

Alaan Spear was a dear friend. More importantly, he helped to shape the landscape of Minnesota politics at its most progressive apex. Thank you Allan for everything you have done to be a positive energy force in this world.

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