Beloved Librarian Dies, Patrons Shocked After Secret He'd Been Hiding Is Revealed

Robert Morin, late librarian of University of New Hampshire and alumnus, cataloged books, wrote short description of DVDs, and entered CD ISBN numbers at Durham’s campus Dimond Library for nearly half a century. Morin was widely regarded as a man who led a “simple lifestyle,” therefore, many people were surprised to learn that he obtained a $4 million dollar estate during his 77 years of life. They were even more amazed to learn that Morin generously left his fortune to the school.

In a statement, University President Mark Huddleston said: “Bob’s demonstrated commitment to UNH through his philanthropy is tremendously inspiring. “His generous gift allows us to address a number of university priorities. We are committed to providing the resources needed to ensure every student achieves professional success and Bob’s gift will play a major role in that effort.”

Vice President of the UNH Foundation, Deborah Dutton noted that Morin’s contribution was “exceptionally powerful and tremendously helpful.” She said: “Unrestricted gifts give the university the ability to use the funds for our highest priorities and emerging opportunities. This is an extraordinary gift that comes at a critical time for launching a number of initiatives that are only able to move forward because of his generosity.”

Morin was described as a person who “kept to himself.” Morin’s financial advisor remarked that his client “never went out.” Despite Morin’s introverted behavior, he possessed a great love for movies and books. Huddleston reported that after Morin watched 22,000 videos from 1979 to 1997, he vowed to read every book published in the United States between the years of 1930 and 1940 in chronological order---with the exception of textbooks, children’s books, cooking books, and technology books. At the time of Morin’s death, he reached year 1938, which also happened to be the year of his birth.

$100,000 of Morin’s generous contribution went to the Dimond Library. The money will provide scholarships for work-study students, support library-science staff members, and upgrade the library’s multimedia rooms. Of the unrestricted funds, $1 million dollars will pay for a video scoreboard at the university's football stadium, while $2.5 million will contribute to a career center for students and alumni on campus.

Photo: University Of New Hampshire

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