Brother Emmett Corry, O.S.F.

Brother Emmett CorryBrother Emmett Corry, O.S.F., who wrote the history of the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn, died Feb. 25 at Lutheran Augustana Center, Sunset Park.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated March 2, at Our Lady of Angels Church, Bay Ridge.

The son of Irish immigrant parents, Patrick J. Corry graduated from St. Francis de Sales School, Belle Harbor, and entered St. Anthony’s Juniorate for the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn in 1949.

He received the Franciscan habit in 1953, taking the name Emmett and was professed in 1955. He attended St. Francis College, Brooklyn. He also earned a master’s in library science from Columbia University and his doctorate in media studies from NYU.

Between 1954 and 1962, he taught at Our Lady of Good Counsel, Bedford-Stuyvesant; St. Patrick’s; and St. Anthony of Padua, Greenpoint. He was the founding librarian at Bishop Ford H.S., Park Slope, 1962- 69, and was the periodicals librarian at St. Francis College, 1969-70.

He also was librarian and teacher at St. Anthony’s H.S., Smithtown, and returned in 1974 after serving two years at St. John’s University.

In 1977, he became associate professor of St. John’s University Graduate Division of Library and Information Science and was its director from 1989 to 1994. Before retiring in 1995, he was graduated to full professorship.

Brother Emmett was a council member of the Catholic Library Association, 1989-91.

An active member of the New York Irish History Roundtable, he became president in 1994. During his tenure, he hosted Mary Robinson, president of Ireland, at a symbolic meal commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Great Irish Famine.

He is the author of The History of the Franciscan brothers of Brooklyn in Ireland and America that was pub- lished by St. Francis College and the Franciscan Brothers.

He moved to Our Lady of Angels Friary, Bay Ridge, in 2001. Illness forced the move to Augustana.

Burial was in Holy Rood Cemetery, Westbury, L.I.

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