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Crandall University Librarian, Ivan Douthwright, announced recently that in coming months the collection of the George Rawlyk Library will be significantly enhanced as a result of three recent sizable donations.
The first contribution comes from Crandall graduate and former professor Dr. James Beverley of Toronto. A carefully cultivated collection of 5,000 scholarly works focusing in the areas of world religions, new religions, cults, and apologetics, Beverley ‘s collection is one of the largest and most diverse collections of its kind in Canada. The size and scope of the Beverley collection will result in the collection being housed together within the University library alongside the existing George Rawlyk, Stuart Murray, and Morrison Education collections.
A second collection will be transported to its new home at Crandall in the coming months. The scholarly library of longtime Acadia Divinity College professor and administrator Dr. Andrew MacRae contains works focusing in Biblical studies, apologetics, and the practice of ministry. The collection is being made available to Crandall upon Dr. MacRae’s passing by his wife Jean and their family.
Finally, Moncton-area entrepreneur David Hawkins has donated the initial volumes of a planned larger contribution of books in the areas of business, leadership, and entrepreneurship. Hawkins has maintained an ongoing interest in the contribution made by Crandall graduates to the local and provincial economy. His contribution is meant to further enrich their preparation for work in the business world through Crandall’s creative and rigorous business and organizational management programs.
Of the three donations, Crandall President Dr. Bruce Fawcett commented, “We deeply thank Dr. Beverley, the family of the late Dr. MacRae, as well as Mr. Hawkins for their generous donations to the University. Each of these men have been influential in my life and I am grateful for these very kind contributions which are very meaningful to me personally. We continue to encourage others with scholarly collections to consider donating their books when they are no longer needed so they can enrich the education of the next generation.”