Niagara Gazette

Local News

December 9, 2012

Niagara University remembers Brother Towey

Niagara University remembers Brother Towey and his contributions

Niagara Gazette — To those who knew him, Brother Augustine Denis “Bro” Towey was many things.

Saturday marked a memorial service for the long-time fixture at Niagara University, where he taught for many years. Those in attendance shared many laughs and a few tears as a man described as artistic, compassionate, loving and charming throughout his life was honored.

“ ‘Bro’ was surrounded by God’s grace,” University President Rev. Joseph Levesque said as he remembered his friend and fellow educator. “Everyone could see this early in his life. (He) was artistic. He could entertain you again and again. He ... was a poet who saw himself as someone created by God to create other creators.”

Brother Towey, 75, who passed away Nov. 22 after a lengthy illness, started teaching at Niagara University in 1964, bringing his love for words – especially poetry – to the campus. He taught English literature and speech. 

But it was another hobby of his, the love of the stage, which ended up carving his legacy within the school. He’s credited with developing the theater program from a couple of courses in the English department into a nationally recognized program.

In all, Brother Towey directed more than 135 performances through the Niagara University Players and nurtured several actors throughout his time on campus.

Sharon Watkinson, Ph. D., chairwoman of the university’s Department of Theatre and Fine Arts, said Brother Towey served as both a mentor and a colleague of hers during her time with him.

She first met him when she, as a student, took a class with him in his first year on campus, she said. He introduced her and countless other students to the works of Emily Dickinson, Eugene O’Neill and the Jesuit poet Gerard Manley Hopkins, among others.

But it wasn’t until after she’d gone on into graduate studies — by recommendation by Brother Towey, she said — that she was afforded the opportunity to call him a colleague.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
Featured Ads
Seasonal Content
House Ads
AP Video
Crew Criticized Over Handling of Ferry Disaster Agreement Reached to Calm Ukraine Tensions Raw: Pope Francis Performs Pre-easter Ritual Raw: Bulgarian Monastery Dyes 5000 Easter Eggs Diplomats Reach Deal to Ease Tensions in Ukraine U.S. Sending Nonlethal Aid to Ukraine Military Holder: Americans Stand With KC Mourners Obama Greets Wounded Warriors Malaysia Plane: Ocean Floor Images 'Very Clear' Sparks Fly With Derulo and Jordin on New Album Franco Leads Star-studded Broadway Cast Raw: Two Lucky Kids Get Ride in Popemobile Boston Bombing Survivors One Year Later Sister of Slain MIT Officer Reflects on Bombing
Opinion
House Ads
Night & Day
Twitter News
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Front page
Poll

Do you think cigarette sales to non-Native American customers should be taxed on reservations?

Yes. Items should be taxed like they are everywhere else.
No, the indian reservations are sovereign land and they are selling them on their land.
Not up to me. Native Americans decide the rules on their land.
Don't care. Smoking isn't good for you.
     View Results