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Dr. Amos Claudius Sawyer, a man whose enviable vantage point at the intersection of various dimensions of Liberian history might be a subject of study for years to come, has died. He was 76.

According to sources close to the family, Dr. Sawyer died of cardiac arrest in Maryland, USA, having survived two brain surgeries. He had just returned from the Hospital on Tuesday, February 16 when, the following day, he took his last breath.

Dr. Sawyer was a Liberian academic, activist and politician. Highlights of his enviable career included service to his country, Liberia, as interim President from 1990 to 1994. Prior to that, he ran for Mayor of Monrovia, the nation’s capital, as an independent candidate. Dr. Sawyer was a founding member of the Movement for Justice in Africa (MOJA) and in 1983 founded the Liberian People’s Party. As an academic, he worked as a professor of political science at the University of Liberia. In December 1980, he was appointed Dean of the College of Social Sciences and acting director of the University.

In an exclusive interview with Dr. Sawyer in November 2021, he told the Daily Observer that he did not initially set out to go into government service. “I wanted to be a scholar. People who I admired growing up were people who were experts in public affairs. But I wanted to teach. People like Ernest Eastman were people we used to look up to,” he said.

Read the original article on Observer.