In Memoriam

The MET community says goodbye to two faculty members who will be remembered for their kindness, their engagement, and their contributions to the College and Boston University.

Michael Fleming, 1944–2013

Adjunct Associate Professor

Dr. Michael Fleming, Adjunct Professor at MET

Dr. Michael Fleming (CAS’66, GRS’71) passed away in January of this year after a long illness. Fleming was on the faculty of BU’s Department of Psychology from 1971 to 2011. He coordinated and taught in MET’s undergraduate psychology program from 1973 to 2003, taught CAS psychology courses for 28 years, and was affiliated with the Department of Psychiatry at the Medical School for 22 years.

After graduating from Boston University’s College of Arts & Sciences in 1966, Fleming received his EdD from BU’s School of Education in 1971. He held a joint CAS/MET appointment as associate professor from 1973 to 1987, and also taught “Psychology Goes to the Movies” through MET’s Seminars in Food, Wine & the Arts. In that course, he drew upon his own research into the use of feature films to teach psychology, and how films might be used as part of psychological assessment.

Fleming enjoyed a storied career as a clinical practitioner. He worked with private patients who were seeking gender reassignment, which led him to publish work on gender dysphoria. More recently, he served with the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health as a forensic psychologist and inpatient dual-diagnosis coordinator for addiction and mental illness. He also had extensive experience in crisis management and treatment interventions with patients experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder. He worked with both inpatients and outpatients with a variety of addictions using group and individual treatment.

Fleming is remembered as a kind man who contributed much to the MET, BU, and Boston communities. In addition to his BU family, he leaves behind his wife Maureen Hayes Fleming, his daughter Alyson Fleming, his mother Lenore Fleming, his brother Joseph Z. Fleming, his sister Susan Fleming, and many other relatives.

A memorial service for the BU community was held on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at Marsh Chapel. Please visit BU Today to read more about the life of Dr. Fleming and his career at BU.

Thomas Fauls, 1948–2013

Associate Professor of Advertising

Thomas Fauls, Associate Professor of Advertising at MET

For over a decade, College of Communication (COM) Associate Professor Thomas Fauls taught “Interactive Marketing Communication” and “Advertising in Society” in the part-time master’s in Advertising program offered jointly by COM and MET. He also taught “Interactive Marketing Communication” in the COM/MET online Health Communication master’s degree program. He passed away on June 26, 2013.

“His deep intellect and intense interest in the impact of digital media on advertising and marketing helped shape our program,” says Health Communication co-coordinator and professor Steve Quigley (SED’87). “Even more, his extraordinary kindness and generosity helped set the tone for our program. His beloved family, his colleagues and students at Boston University, and his legions of friends and admirers are deeply saddened by his passing yet warmed by the memories of this remarkably kind and accomplished man.”

Throughout his three-decade career, Fauls served as a marketing communications consultant, an ad manager for a Fortune 500 company, a principal in his own integrated marketing agency, an agency exec, and a specialist in interactive marketing and communications. His agency career included stints as copywriter, creative director, and executive creative director. Fauls authored a chapter in the book Advertising & the Business of Brands, edited by Bruce Bendinger (Copy Workshop; Media Revolution Edition).

MET Assistant Dean of Administration Sonia Parker, who as co-coordinator of the Advertising program worked closely with Fauls, offered a concise summary of his impact on his many students and colleagues: “Tom was among the most gracious persons I have known.”

In remembrance, gifts may be made to support esophageal cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Professor Fauls’ obituary can be found at