Dr. Richard A. Cording, a philosophy professor at SHSU, is home recovering after undergoing heart bypass surgery on August 26.”He’s home and doing as well as can be expected,” said Dr. Melanie Kercher, a SHSU psychology professor. Kercher spoke briefly with Cording over the weekend and said he was in good spirits, but impatient to feel better.Cording said he is thankful and appreciative of all the concern people have offered. “I’m doing better; it’s just been a long ordeal,” Cording said.There is still no date as to when Cording would return to teaching. Cording’s classes are being taught by other professors in the department.”It would be nice (if Cording was to return to teaching), but we don’t expect it anytime soon,” Kercher said.”I’m missing my classes and my students,” Cording said. “I would like to walk in just to say ‘hi’.”Cording was dean of the College of Arts and Sciences for 15 years. In 1994, he resigned the position to return to full-time teaching.The Richard A. Cording Endowed Scholarships were established in the spring of1996 in honor of the former dean.At its annual banquet held in May 2002, the Psychology Club recognized Cording, in addition to Rowland Miller, as Professors of the Year.