April 22, 2005: Headlines: COS - Malawi: University Education: Economics: The Western Front: Malawi RPCV John Sayre back after surgery

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Malawi RPCV John Sayre back after surgery

Malawi RPCV  John Sayre  back after surgery

Malawi RPCV John Sayre back after surgery

Economics professor returns after surgery

By Michael Lycklama
The Western Front
Bellingham, Wash.
April 22, 2005

Adjunct Professor John Sayre returned to teaching March 30 for spring quarter. An emergency quadruple bypass surgery Feb. 1 forced the economics professor to hand over his teaching duties last quarter.

"I thought a lot about retiring after the surgery," Sayre, 63, said. "But the (Economics) department here was so good in how they responded to my situation and gave me a lot of support."

Sayre, who teaches Introduction to Microeconomics and Introduction to Macroeconomics, has decided to finish this year and made a commitment for one more year.

"I didn't just want to walk out on the department after they gave me so much support," Sayre said. "This time next year I'll be thinking about retiring."

He suffered pain in his stomach and intestinal area for approximately 18 months, without discovering a cause or a cure.

"I had literally gone around the world to try and find somebody to diagnose what was going on," Sayre said. "Nobody could figure out what was going on and it turned out that it wasn't gastrointestinal at all."

Sayre visited his gastrointestinal expert's office for a checkup and he suggested that exercise was missing. Before starting any exercise, his doctor wanted to do a treadmill test.

"He had me do a treadmill test and bingo, they discovered that I was just days away from a major heart attack," Sayre said. "They are pretty sure in my case that it was genetics. It didn't really matter what I ate, I was destined to have this problem."

He underwent quadruple bypass surgery Feb. 1 and was released from the hospital Feb. 6.

Upon learning of Sayre's condition, the Economics department needed someone to take over his classes until he could to return. Professor John Krieg volunteered to fill in until Sayre could return.

"I got a call the morning of his class and since I wasn't teaching that day, I said 'sure," Krieg said.

After learning the seriousness of Sayre's condition, the department decided it needed a replacement for the rest of the quarter.

"I started not knowing I was going to be there for the whole quarter," Krieg said. "I went intending to just give guest lectures based upon material that it sounded like he was covering. It was only a week afterward that I found out I was going to teach the entire class."

Krieg says he is more intuitive and description oriented person while Sayre focuses more on the technical aspects.

"It was not easy for the students nor was it easy for me," Krieg said. "John and I have very different approaches and techniques. I'm sure it was very difficult for students to make a jump from one to the next."

Western sophomore C.J. Hudson, currently enrolled in Sayre's Introduction to Macroeconomics, says he really enjoys his lectures. "He's pretty animated and gets pretty worked up. You can tell he loves economics."

Western freshman Amanda Hornshaw takes Sayre's Introduction to Microeconomics because it counts as a general university requirement. "But he actually makes it interesting," Hornshaw said.

During his 41 years of teaching, Sayre has taught at the University of Malawi in Africa while serving in the Peace Corps, Boston University, Simon Fraser University, Capilano College, University of British Columbia, one term in Japan, and Western Washington University. He has written three books on economics and is working on a fourth book on economic growth. He has taught at Western since 2001.

"All my life I've been concentrated in how to teach the basic principles of economics," Sayre said, "so that's what I like doing."

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