Friedsam Memorial Library can ar-
guably be found in the main read-
area boasts Roman arched windows, a ceil-
ing coffered with American black walnut,
large bookshelves lining the walls, a mas-
sive fireplace -- and 14 beautiful hand-
crafted study tables.
ston Lumber Company in Olean. Fourteen
of the tables reside in the main reading
room of the library, while four enhance the
Curriculum Center on the lower level. Masi
had relocated from Arlington, Va., to Olean
with his wife, Rose Abbott Masi, who was
community surrounding the University. As
well as creating the tables for Friedsam, his
handiwork could be found in the bar of the
former Castle Restaurant and the stairway
projects. He passed away in December
2012 at the age of 95.
communications specialist in World War II
and he served as a volunteer at the Olean
one of Masi's four daughters. "He was curi-
ous about everything, and even in his ad-
vanced age he continued reading
newspapers and magazines."
with such a strong affinity for learning and
such artistic talent, began to weather, Sr.
Margaret Carney, O.S.F., president of the
University, decided to get the craftsman's
family involved and approached his eldest
grandson, Matthew Utecht.
keep this family legacy alive with family do-
nations to fund whatever work needed to
be done," said Gabler.
Karen Masi Utecht; Kathleen Masi Kosciol,
'68 (BA); and Francine Masi Gabler, who
taught accounting in the School of Business
from 1981-1983. Their combined gift
funded the refinishing work completed this
past summer by Harden Furniture of Mc-
master craftsman and a dedicated learner.
On each of the tables are two ornate lamps
that provide lighting for students. The sur-
faces are finished with a gleaming varnish
that supports a good work environment.
Both of Masi's passions are present here on
the refinished tables.
Friedsam Library, and they are also proud of
what the tables mean to the Bonaventure
community. An untold number of students
have used the tables through the years, and
it is gratifying to the family to know the ta-
bles will continue to be used and appreci-
ated in the future.
is pictured with