The following is adapted from a press release prepared by LCU upon the establishment of the Center, in recognition of the generous gift from the Donaghey estate and in gratitude for the support of the International Boethius Society as this exciting project begins.
As co-editor of Carmina Philosophiae, the journal of the International Boethius Society, Dr. Kenneth Hawley, Professor of English at Lubbock Christian University, was recently given the opportunity to manage a special collection of texts related to Boethius. The books were donated to the LCU by the estate of the late Professor Brian Donaghey, a scholar from the University of Sheffield, UK, and a Trustee of the Society. Through the work of his colleague and co-editor, Professor Harold Kaylor of Troy University, arrangements were made in August of 2015 for this library of materials to be given for the creation of the Brian S. Donaghey Center for Boethian Studies.
Professor Donaghey passed away that same month, and in March of 2016, Dr. Hawley traveled to Sheffield, England, along with Dr. Kaylor, to stay with Brian’s widow, Helen McIlroy, who graciously hosted them there and helped select and pack the over 450 volumes that were shipped to LCU for the Center. Originally housed in an office in the LCU Honors College, the collection was moved this month to a suite in the Administration Building, adjacent to the University Library.