Father Gabriel honored by Hungarian university

by Michael O. Garvey

Abbot Astrik L. Gabriel, director and professor emeritus in the University of Notre Dame’s Medieval Institute and director of the Frank M. Folsom Ambrosiana Microfilm and Photographic Collection, received an honorary degree Monday (Nov. 17) from Pazmany Peter Catholic University of Budapest.p. Rev. Dr. Gyorgy Fodor, rector of the Hungarian university, traveled to Notre Dame with several colleagues to confer the degree during a private reception and dinner on campus.p. A Hungarian native, Dr. Gabriel, 95, has been a member of the Notre Dame faculty since 1948. He is a corresponding member of the French, Bavarian and Hungarian Academies of Sciences; has been decorated by the governments of France (officer in the Palmes Academiques and knight and officer in the Legion d’Honneur) and Italy (Commander of the Order of Merit); and in 1976 received the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice from the Holy See. The French academy awarded its Thorlet and Dourlans Prizes for his books, “History of Ave Maria College” and “Chartularium Auctarii of the University of Paris.”p. As director of the Medieval Institute from 1953-74, Dr. Gabriel oversaw the microfilm reproduction of the manuscripts and drawings of the Biblioteca Ambrosiana in Milan. The University named its Collection on the History of Universities in his honor. Dr. Gabriel also has served as a visiting professor at Harvard University and twice as a member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University.

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