Campus News 2006

For Immediate Release
February 3, 2006


by Sandra Langley, University Relations

The estate of Mary Roche presented a gift of $100,000 this week to Schreiner University’s William Logan Library during a ceremony on campus.

Mary Roche estate presents gift to Logan Library

From Left to Right: Dr. Randy Cutlip, Frances Hatch and Dr. Tim Summerlin at the presentation of the $100,000 donation from the late Mary Roche in memory of Orin Hatch.

Dr. Randy Cutlip, Roche’s brother and former Schreiner trustee, presented the gift Wednesday in memory of the late Orin Hatch, Schreiner’s former library director and a friend of Roche’s.  “As her brother, I experienced her love for many, many years,” said Cutlip.  “Now her love is for William Logan Library in memory of Orin Hatch, whose career she so admired.”

Schreiner University President Dr. Tim Summerlin expressed the University’s appreciation to Roche, for “remembering the institution through a person who meant a lot to her.”  Dr. Candice Scott, director of Logan Library said Roche’s gift would benefit the students and other patrons of the library.  “In the early 90’s, Mr. Hatch helped Schreiner establish critical library services that improved life at the time while also looking toward future needs and planned growth,” Scott said.

Hatch was the first librarian to bring Online Computer Library Center to William Logan Library, effectively preparing the library and Schreiner for the 21st century. The online center is a non-profit, membership, computer library service and research organization used by libraries in 96 countries and territories around the world to locate, acquire, catalog, lend and preserve library materials.

Frances Hatch, widow of Orin Hatch, witnessed the gift made in her late husband’s memory. He passed away in 1992.  “Orin would be pleased by the honor,” she said.  “He loved the library and loved serving people.”  Mary Roche, who passed away in 2004, and her husband, Raymond, were residents of Hunt for over 20 years. They enjoyed research and loved spending time at William Logan Library, where they met Orin Hatch. He and the Roches’ shared a common interest in genealogy and history.

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