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An Unexpected Surprise

The time of year was especially appropriate when an unexpected gift arrived at McFarlin.

In December 2016, Charles Martinez dropped off a check in the dean’s assistant’s office — part of his mother’s estate designated specifically for the library. Alice Martinez, the widow of the late Samuel J. Martinez, Jr., knew that TU was very dear to her husband’s heart and wanted to honor his fondness for the university. Before his retirement, Samuel had taught English and technical writing for more than 15 years and worked very closely with Petroleum Abstracts, which is located in McFarlin.

“Unexpected gifts of this size are always a delightful surprise and can always be directed to an important need for McFarlin Library,” said Adrian Alexander, R.M. & Ida McFarlin Dean of the Library.