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Memorial Service to Be Held Friday on Campus for Professor Emeritus Robin Sawyer

By Maryland Today Staff

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday in the university's Memorial Chapel for Professor Emeritus Robin Sawyer, who died Jan. 21. Immediately following the service, all are invited to gather at 2 p.m. in the Stamp Student Union Colony Ballroom.

Sawyer, who taught tens of thousands of students over more than 30 years in his tremendously popular human sexuality course, died following a year-long battle with pancreatic cancer.

Sawyer retired from the School of Public Health’s Department of Behavioral and Community Health in 2017 after a 33-year career at UMD. He earned many honors for his teaching over the years, including the University System of Maryland Board of Regents Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Kirwan Undergraduate Award and the Association for Schools and Programs of Public Health Teaching Excellence Award.

Sawyer wrote and produced five films on topics related to sexual health and relationships that garnered 14 international and national film awards and have been used on over 150 college campuses around the country.

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