The Diamondback
February 6, 2019

The Diamondback, the university’s independent, student-run newspaper, covered the memorial service for beloved School of Public Health professor Robin Sawyer, 68, who passed away January 21.

Hundreds of mourners — family members, students and even kids Sawyer had coached in youth soccer nearly two decades before — flooded the memorial service held Memorial Chapel Friday, February 1, to celebrate the cherished teacher and mentor.

Before retiring in 2017, Sawyer had served as an associate professor in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health for 33 years. His famed course on human sexuality typically had a waiting list of over 100 students, the paper reports.

“It didn’t feel like a class. It felt like an uncle or family member giving us advice,” Tina Nguyen, a 2014 public health science graduate, told The Diamondback.

Sawyer gave hundreds of talks at universities nationwide, produced sexual education films aimed at university students and was honored with the Regent’s Award for Teaching Excellence.

At the service, Sawyer’s wife, Anne Anderson-Sawyer, told the crowd how her family had been touched by the outpouring of affection following her husband’s passing.

“You, our dear friends, can rest assured that your love and devotion meant everything to us,” Anderson-Sawyer said.

Read the article here.

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