Michael J. Kotlanger, S.J.

All of us at the Gleeson Library were shocked and saddened this week to learn that Fr. Kotlanger had passed away after a long illness. Fr. Kotlanger was appointed Archivist in 1985 and served the Library and University for over thirty years. A historian by training, Fr. Kotlanger loved his work in Archives and his knowledge of the University’s history was encyclopedic. His passing is a huge loss to the institution and to the many colleagues, friends, students, faculty, staff and researchers he assisted over the years. He was a kind, thoughtful, and generous person who enjoyed conversation. Fr. Kotlanger had a good sense of humor, loved to share stories, and always took time to inquire about others. A memorial posted outside the Archives office says it all: “always a joy to talk to, to laugh with, and to just share knowledge.” Other tributes include “makes me smile at work,” “a great teacher,” and “a true friend.”

We will always remember you with great fondness, Fr. Kotlanger. Thank you for your collegiality, friendship, kindness, and sharing all of your gifts with us at the Gleeson Library and the University of San Francisco. May the four winds blow you safely home.

John Hawk
Head Librarian, Special Collections & University Archives

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