Recognition of Donors behind the Helen Garrett Memorial Fund

Post Date:
Sep 1, 2021

Dr. Thomas Garrett (MD ‘71) and Gwendolyn (Wendy) Garrett (MD ‘71), are the esteemed donors behind The Helen Garrett Memorial Fund. Tom’s first wife, Helen Garrett, worked in Douglas Library and had a passion for English literature. In 1997, both Tom and Wendy established The Helen Garrett Memorial Fund, which supports the purchase of 17th and 18th Century English Literature and the conservation, restoration and repair of rare materials held in the Special Collections.

The Garretts support this fund on an annual basis, and have made a huge contribution to the library’s special holdings. Most recently, this fund has enabled the addition of beautiful and significant editions of The Seasons by James Thomson (1730), which includes the first full appearance of The Seasons, and was issued by subscription; The Works of Alexander Pope (1717), this edition includes an important early engraved portrait of Pope; and Alexander Pope’s Essay on Man (1733-34), which contains the four separately published Epistles, subsequently issued as a single work. [Insert updated quote]

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