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 Robert E. Daggy

Robert E. Daggy

New Castle, Henry County, Indiana, USA
Death 15 Dec 1997 (aged 57)
Burial Gethsemane, Nelson County, Kentucky, USA
Memorial ID 13110106 · View Source
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Born in New Castle, Indiana, Bob prepared at New Castle High School and was a history major at Yale University. A member of Berkeley, Bob was on scholarship all four years. He served on the Berkeley Council and was a member of the Berkeley Players, and the Yale Film Society.

Following graduation, he obtained his M.A. at Columbia University and his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, in 1971. His thesis was "Measures for Yalensia: Naphtali Daggett and Yale College, 1766-1778." He then taught at the University of Wisconsin and the University of Louisville, before joining the Thomas Merton Studies Center at Bellarmine College (now University) in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1974.

Bob became the second director of the Thomas Merton Studies Center, and for 17 years served as the nerve center for the field of Merton studies. In 1987, he was one of the principal co-founders of the International Thomas Merton Society, the main organizer of its first General Meeting held at Bellarmine College in 1989, and the Society's first vice-president and secon president.

In 1989, Bob edited and wrote the introduction for "Monks Pond: Thomas Merton's Little Magazine." The Louisville Courier-Journal's review described his book as "a rich and vital treasure from the Merton legacy." He also edited "The Alaskan Journal of Thomas Merton"; "Introductions East and West: The Foreign Prefaces of Thomas Merton"; "The Road to Joy: The Letters of Thomas Merton to New and Old Friends"; the fifth volume of Merton's private journals, "Dancing in the Waters of Life"; and co-edited "Thomas Merton: A Comprehensive Bibliography.

Bob died of a rare blood disease called systemic megacytosis. He was buried in the Abbey of Gethsemani's secular cemetery on December 17, following a special ecumenical liturgy presided over by Abbot Timothy Kelly and joined by members of the Gethsemani community who had known him. The burial, coincidentally, was on the twenty-ninth anniversary of Thomas Merton's own funeral liturgy on an afternoon in 1968.

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