North American Scholar

SAWYER, Robert Walter

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1939-03-23
  • Born City: Hillingdon, Middlesex
  • Born State/Country: UK
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 2012-05-17
  • Married: Joanne, 1967.
  • Education:

    B.A. Classics, U. Exeter; tchng certif. U. Birmingham; M.A., U. Washington, ----; Ph.D., U. Michigan, 1972.  

  • Professional Experience:

    Teacher, LeRosey, Switzerland; McGill U., Montreal; Sedbergh School, P.Q., Memorial University of Newfoundland; prof. classics, Hiram Coll. 1972-2006; Howard S. Bissell Memorial Chair in Liberal Studies, 1998-2006; APA Teaching Award, 1981; Hiram Coll. Dist. Teaching Award, 2006.

  • Dissertation:

    “An Analysis of the Political, Economic, and Social Influence of Select Families of Colonial Pompeii” (Michigan, 1972).

  • Notes:

    Robert Sawyer spent the years of World War II in North Wales. He came to Hiram College in 1972 to restore the lapsed program in Classical Studies and devoted the remainder of his teaching career (37 years) to Hiram students, teaching Latin, Greek, archaeology, ancient history, and classics in translation. He taught in the Regional Studies Program, with interests in James A. Garfield and the Classics; Almeda A. Booth, teacher and mentor to James A. Garfield; and the Garrettsville poet Hart Crane. He contributed many courses to Hiram’s Weekend College and served as Director of the Extra Mural Studies Program for 5 years. In 1981 he was inducted into the Garfield Society of Hiram College in 1982. In 1983 he taught at John Cabot College, Hiram’s affiliate in Rome, on an exchange basis. He was a beloved teacher, mentor and confidant to hundreds of Hiram students, maintaining contact with many of them over the years. In addition to his academic career, Robert carried out numerous volunteer activities. At his church, he served as a lector and Eucharistic minister; in 1994, he and his wife received the Knights of Columbus Family of the Year Award. In the civic sector, he served on the Hiram Village Council and as president of the Hiram Historical Society. In the social justice area, he organized the annual Salvation Army bell ringing at St. Joseph Parish, Mantua and served on the board of Catholic Charities of Portage County. He will be remembered and deeply missed by all who knew him as a most kind and gentle man, ever courteous and always prepared to give of himself and his time to others.

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