The Edgar A. Horhorouny Endowment is the first library endowment founded in tribute to a member of the George Mason University Libraries community. In 1989, Edgar Horhorouny completed a long, loyal career in George Mason University’s audio-visual department, then part of the University Libraries’ unit. In 1995, the Libraries established the endowment through a bequest left by Edgar Horhorouny’s mother, Hermine O’Reilly.
Though Edgar never shelved a book or fielded queries at the reference desk, he was an integral part of the Libraries’ community. Colleagues remember his gentility, his friendliness, and his dedicated service. Hermine O’Reilly must have felt that the best way to honor her loved one’s sense of community was to support the Libraries, a symbol of shared ideas and efforts. As a dedicated Mason employee, Edgar Horhorouny would have been pleased to see his mother’s gift contribute to the success of so many.
Today, a memorial plaque in the Gateway Library in room 134A reminds us of Edgar Horhorouny’s dedication to the Libraries and their ideal of community.