The passing of a giant

By Patrick Crowe '71

A Notre Dame giant passed away recently. I stopped by my old ND stomping grounds for a day on my way to visit my Chicago daughter and wandered slowly to the library, casually pressed the button for the seventh floor, entered the Medieval Institute as I do every time I visit just to bring back some old memories and inquired about the status of my former boss. We had not received our usual Christmas card this year, and I was a little afraid about asking. Inside, I think I already knew. His name was Astrik L. Gabriel —priest, Ph.D., world-renowned scholar, director of the Medieval Institute while I was an undergrad in the late 1960s and early ’70s, and, most of all, my boss while I fulfilled my work-study grant during my four years at ND.…

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