Robert L. Ganyard Library Endowment
The Robert L. Ganyard Library Endowment will provide funds to support the mission of the Cofrin Library and provides the flexibility for the library touse the annual spendable endowment earnings. Examples Collection acquisitions (including books, databases and electronic resources); preservation of existing collections; purchase of specialized equipment or furniture; professional development stipends to honor librarians who distinguish themselves in their work; or scholarship awards for students working in the Cofrin Library, are some examples that the funds will be spent on.
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The Robert L. Ganyard Library Endowment has been established by Dr. Debra Ann Reilly, M.D., medical director of the University of Nebraska Medical Center Burn and Wound Center, Omaha, to honor the memory of Dr. Reilly’s stepfather, Robert L. Ganyard (see biography below) — a teacher, researcher and author, and a voracious reader who encouraged his children to do the same.
Robert L. Ganyard Biography:
Robert Ganyard was an emeritus associate professor of history at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo. He graduated in 1948 from the University of Buffalo and received his master’s degree in 1950. He received his Ph.D. in 1963 from Duke University, specializing in American Colonial History. He taught at the University of Houston until he returned to UB in 1964. He served seven years as director of the Interdisciplinary Degree Program and three years as the history department’s director of graduate studies. He is well known for his book, The Emergence of North Carolina’s Revolutionary State Government, published in 1978, in addition to numerous articles and book reviews. He retired from SUNY at Buffalo in 1991.