LIBERIA: Amos C. Sawyer College Named Faculty Lounge in Honor of Thelma Duncan Sawyer

The late Dr. Amos C. Sawyer and wife, Thelma Duncan Sawyer

The leadership of the Prof. Amos C. Sawyer College of Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Liberia, has launched faculty lounge project at Fendall Campus for use by faculty members  at the college. The Faculty lounge is named in honor of alumna Mrs. Thelma Duncan Sawyer, widow of Prof. Amos C. Sawyer.

It has been wildly stated and confirmed that the both—Dr. Sawyer and Mrs. Sawyer met at Liberia College in the 70s and kept their God’s blessed union until the recent unfortunate demise of the former President and Professor of Political Science. Mrs. Sawyer, Deputy Minister for Administration, Ministry of Foreign Affairs earned a BA degree in Sociology in 1977 from the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, once Liberia College and MA degree in International Relations and Social Works from abroad.

Speaking at a dual program marking the formal launch of the Thelma Duncan Sawyer Faculty Lounge and the joint Technical Working Session for the establishment of Creative and Performing arts at the Amos C. Sawyer College of Social Sciences and Humanities on Tuesday, August 9, 2022 at the UL Fendall Campus in Louisiana, the Dean of the college, Dr. Josephus M. Gray said he was deeply honored and elated to join distinguished professors, instructors and staff of Prof. Amos C. Sawyer College to bestow honor on a distinguished and illustrious Liberian mother of acclaimed backgrounds and notable achievements.

He indicated that the faculty lounge project is part of a larger vision for Sawyer College, adding that faculty and students are integral part of the research and teaching at the college. According to him, Mrs. Sawyer and her husband Dr. Sawyer-a statesman, distinguished professor, political scientist and administrator have strongly contributed to quality learning and teaching at the college, and helped to mold and shape the minds of Liberian youths and attached important to good governance.

The leadership of Prof. Amos C. Sawyer College poses with Mrs. Thelma Duncan Sawyer

According to Prof. Gray, the honor is a reminder that everyone will be remembered somehow in a positive way, and hope it reminds all faculty members of the significance of the faculty lounge to the college, while also it will enhance the academic activities of the hardworking faculty.

Dr. Gray on behalf of the leadership of the college expressed gratitude to the administration of the institution particularly the President of the University, Prof. Dr. Julius Julukon Sarwolo Nelson, Jr. and the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Prof. Dr. Moses M Zinnah for embracing the idea of establishing the faculty lounge in the college and naming the facility in honor of Mrs. Thelma Sawyer.

“We are confident that under the dynamic leadership of Dr. Nelson, the University of Liberia will continue to inspire social scientists and scholars for many generations”, Dr. Gray noted. He said the college was also elated to have the support of the President Pro-tempore of the Liberian Senate, Honorable Albert Tugbe Chie for his financial commitment to support the faculty lunge project. The faculty lounge project was launched by the President of the University of Liberia, Dr. Nelson, thus attracting huge applauses from the audiences.

Meanwhile, the ceremony concurred with coincided with the joint Technical Working Session organized by the Prof. Amos C. Sawyer College of Social Sciences and Humanities for establishment of the certificate and diploma program in performing arts and crafts.

The ceremony brought together several personalities and academics including the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Prof. Stephen M. Jubwe; Vice President for Administration, Mrs. Benetta J. Tarr;  Prof. Dr. D. Elliott Wreh-Wilson, president emeritus, William V.S. Tubman University  and Professor at Amos C. Sawyer College; Assistant Prof. Adolphus Nippae, Dean of David Straz Sinje Technical College; Ambassador John A. Ballout, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Liberia Movie Union; Mrs. Esther K. Richards of the Sawyer family, Cllr. Mark Bedor-Wla Freeman, Commissioner, Freedom of Information Commission; Ambassador Julie Endee, Cultural Ambassador; Chairs and Coordinators of Academic Departments and Units, of Sawyer College, senior faculty members and students.

Others were heads of the Collective Society of Liberia including the Liberia Movie Union, Musician Union of Liberia, Liberia Culture Union, Liberia Association of Writers, Photography Union of Liberia, Liberia Chef Association, Liberia Artists Union and Liberia Tailor Union.

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