University Archives and Special Collections have special reasons to remember Dr. Gerald ("Jerry") Shinn. Many manuscript and artifacts in Special Collections and University Archives are from Dr. Shinn and/or are connected to his legacy. Many of the library’s signature art pieces came via the North Carolina and National Living Treasures Award competitions that Dr. Shinn originated. We remember Dr. Shinn for his lasting effects on the university and generations of students (“young’uns”).
Dr. Shinn passed away Saturday, January 26, 2013. Dr. Shinn was a UNCW professor from 1967-1995. Besides enthusiastically teaching philosophy and logic, he led the Museum of World Cultures and initiated the Schweitzer International Prizes, bringing Mother Teresa to UNCW in 1975 as the first prize recipient. The Schweitzer International Prizes became the Albert Schweitzer Honors Scholars Award. This program brings renowned community leaders from the Cape Fear region to campus to speak to each year's Honors College first-year class.
Albert Schweitzer Honors Scholars Award recipients exemplify the attributes and ideals of Albert Schweitzer by making a difference in the areas of medicine, music or humanitarian efforts. A missionary doctor who established a hospital in French Equatorial Africa, where he spent much of his life, Schweitzer received the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1952. Fittingly, Dr. Shinn was honored with the first Albert Schweitzer Honors Scholars Award in 2002, the same year that the Shinn Plaza located near the International and Honors Houses was dedicated in his honor.
A memorial service in Randall Library is planned for date later this year.
Reverence for life affords me my fundamental principle of morality, namely, that good consists in maintaining, assisting and enhancing life, and that to destroy, to harm or to hinder life is evil.
--Dr. Albert Schweitzer
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