Seen and Heard web extra

By Chas Grundy

As is the case at many businesses, to make an outside call from a Notre Dame telephone, you have to dial 9 first. But so many people accidentally dial 9-1-1 (which connects to campus Security/Police emergency) that telephone users are being asked to dial 8 instead of 9. For now both 8 or 9 work, but starting in September, only 8 will. . . . Speaking of numbers,…

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Seen and heard on campus

By Chas Grundy

The new pope once had the chance to become a professor at Notre Dame. In the early 1960s President Hesburgh wrote to Father Joseph Ratzinger—then an up-and-coming German theologian—inviting him to join the faculty as a visiting professor or permanent member of the faculty. Hesburgh was scouring the world for prospects in his quest to bolster Notre Dame's theology faculty. Speaking with reporters shortly after Ratzinger's election as Pope Benedict XVI, Hesburgh said the German scholar wrote back saying he'd love to come and teach at Notre Dame but he didn't think his English was good enough. . . . Organizers of the Bengal Bouts…

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Deaths in the Notre Dame Family

By Chas Grundy

ABBOT ASTRIK L. GABRIEL, who directed Notre Dame's Medieval Institute from 1952 to 1975, died May 16, 2005, in Dujarie House at Holy Cross College. He was 97. A distinguished figure on campus, Gabriel spoke English with a thick Hungarian accent and booming voice. With an air of aristocracy, the internationally respected scholar was a connoisseur of fine food and wine who was known by sommeliers, chefs and _maitre d's_ from South Bend to New York to Paris. One of the world's foremost authorities on medieval education, Gabriel was born in Pecs, Hungary, entered religious life with the Order of Canons of Premontre in 1926, and joined the Notre Dame faculty in 1948. Gabriel wrote numerous books and articles on medieval university life and oversaw the Notre Dame's Frank M. Folsom Ambrosiana Collection, an unprecedented microfilm reproduction of all the manuscripts and drawings of the Biblioteca Ambrosiana in Milan. The Astrik L. Gabriel University Collection, including numerous books he donated, is among the world's richest library collections on the history of universities. During his Notre Dame tenure, Gabriel also served as a visiting professor at Harvard, was twice a member of Princeton's Institute for Advanced Study, was a member of French, Bavarian and Hungarian Academies of Science, and was decorated by France, Italy and the Holy See.

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