September 26, 2013

‘Friends of Morris Library’ Gala is Oct. 12

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The 2013 Friends of Morris Library Gala will have a definite Civil War flavor.

Dr. Guy R. Hasagawa, pharmacist, editor and Civil War medicine researcher, will be the guest speaker at 6 p.m. Oct. 12 at Morris Library.  The event, in the Hall of Presidents and Chancellors, is open to the public. Proceeds will go to the Friends of Morris Library to support the library’s educational mission.

Tickets for the benefit are $50 per person for the gala reception and program and available only in advance.  To obtain tickets, contact Kristine B. McGuire by calling 618/453-1633 or by email at  The deadline to RSVP is Oct. 4.   

The evening will feature Civil War era music performed by Skip Kurtz, Civil War letters from the library’s Special Collections Research Center, and re-enactors Bob Mihall and Joe Kissel.  Mary’s of Herrin is catering the gala, providing a variety of hors d’oeuvres. 

Hasagawa earned his bachelor’s degree in zoology at the University California at Los Angeles and his doctor of pharmacy degree at the University of California San Francisco. He completed his residency in hospital pharmacy at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  

His extensive Civil War medicine research includes pharmacy, medical purveying, chemical weapons, artificial limbs and medical cadets -- medical students who sought positions assisting medical officers who often found themselves serving as doctors. Southern Illinois University Press published Hasagawa’s most recent book, “Mending Broken Soldiers:  The Union and Confederate Programs to Supply Artificial Limbs.”  His work also includes numerous historical articles to scholarly journals and contributing a chapter to the book “Years of Change and Suffering,” which Hasagawa co-edited with James M. Schmidt.

Hasagawa has also served as a clinical pharmacist at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, Mich., and assistant clinical professor at the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy.  With pharmacy-related publications to his credit dating back to 1978, he has served as editor of the “American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy” for the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists in Bethesda, Md., since 1988.                      

Due to the sponsorships provided by numerous individuals and businesses, all gala proceeds will go to Friends of Morris Library.  The complete list of sponsors and additional information is online at   

For more than 60 years, the Friends of Morris Library has worked to support Morris Library and its mission by hosting events, sponsoring special exhibits, contributing to endowments, underwriting various library activities.  In addition, the group has purchased books, computers, software and other materials for the library and raised funds to build a new library patio.