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Estate of Veteran English Professor Enhances UM Libraries with $128,000 Gift

Donor Charles Noyes

Charles E. Noyes

"A library is the absolute heart of a university."

That favored sentiment was often delivered by Charles E. Noyes, whose passion for teaching changed the lives of countless University of Mississippi students and whose passion for learning will impact generations to come.

A $128,000 gift from the estate of the late professor emeritus of English is designated for the Charles E.Noyes Library Endowment, which was created in 1991 by two alumni. The bequest adds to the legacy of the UM benefactor who already had given more than $266,000 during his lifetime to strengthen the University Libraries and other academic and cultural areas on campus.

In addition, after retiring in 1982 and until his death in 2008, Noyes focused his energies on building private support for the libraries through the Friends of the Library organization. His efforts were recognized through the more than 200 memorial gifts in his name totaling $21,000 made to the University Libraries in the months since his passing. Per Noyes' wishes, his personal book collection also was donated to the J.D.Williams Library,where a graduate reading room was named in his honor.

"Like any professor,my father had a great love of books, and reading had been a favorite pastime since he was a young child," says Helen Noyes Linzey of Florence,Ala., the executor of the estate."He had talked about an estate gift to the library for about 20 years. Although he recognized that technology has greatly changed libraries, he hoped books would continue to be enjoyed and treasured."

"My father and I definitely shared a love of reading," says Linzey."Throughout my childhood, I visited the public library in Oxford regularly, then as an Ole Miss student, I studied in the Williams Library. I grew up believing libraries were sacred places."

Dean of Libraries Julia Rholes says, "Dr. Noyes helped us acquire thousands of additional books for the University Libraries through his years of involvement with Friends of the Library. Because of this generous estate gift and the many memorials paying tribute to his life, thousands more will be added to our collections. It's difficult to adequately describe the far-reaching implications of his influence on the University Libraries. He will be missed greatly for his tremendous work and for his wonderful wit and humanity."


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