The History Department joins the entire university community in congratulating Professor Richard F. Gyug upon his receipt of the Bene Merenti Medal honoring 20 years of service. The full citation is below…
The following citation was read upon presentation of the Bene Merenti medal:
Known for his interdisciplinarity and the breadth and depth of his scholarship across the medieval disciplines of art history, codicology, history, liturgy, musicology, paleography, and religion, Richard Gyug has mentored a multitude of dissertations on topics ranging from Carolingian kingship, a saintly Hungarian queen, and female hermits to Dominican administration in Spain and the liturgies of power in Italy. His innovative work on the Monumenta liturgica beneventana, an international collaborative project that has garnered over $1 million in grant funding, tracks—through a distinctive type of handwriting—the cultural hegemony over some 800 years of liturgical rituals and musical forms emanating from the monastery of Monte Cassino. He is also an award-winning teacher whose popular two-week study tour on medieval Spain guides students as they walk from the foothills of the Pyrenees to Santiago de Compostela, the legendary burial site of St. James.
Highly respected for his integrity, fairness, and efficiency, Richard has provided stellar service and leadership at Fordham, where his many administrative positions have included chair of the department of History, director of Medieval Studies, and interim director of the Honors program. He has also offered valuable service on innumerable university committees and task forces, such as Faculty Senate (for which he served as Secretary), and for such national organizations as the American Catholic Historical Association and the CARA committee of the Medieval Academy of America. We are all grateful that this steadfast Canadian chose to come south some twenty years ago.