We all have a favourite teacher we remember fondly. That special teacher who brought their subject matter to life. The teacher who made sure we ‘got it’. The one who went out of their way to support their students and encourage their learning. The one we knew really cared. This is an anthology of warm and often humorous memories from forty-four students, staff and fellow faculty spanning two decades about a beloved professor of Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Manitoba. The intent of this collection of personal anecdotes and tributes is to share with others the possibilities of pursuing an academic career. It’s also about celebrating learning itself. As one former student wrote, “Dr. Lekic really opened my eyes to the fact that it can be good fun and very rewarding to win a child’s trust.” Beautifully illustrated, Academic Life as Seen by Others offers a rare glimpse into the world of academia from a decidedly non-academic and lighthearted viewpoint.