Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — “He called me on the phone and told me there was an opening in the university’s English department and if I wanted it, it was mine,” she said. “I couldn’t turn him down. So, I started teaching in 1968. It wasn’t until after I started that I finally found out what his master plan actually was, which was to create a nationally recognized theater department. We received accreditation by New York state in 1988, and the rest was history.”
In addition to teaching, Brother Towey, originally from Hempstead, N.Y., was also a published poet. He has produced seven collections of work, along with two compact discs, through his tenure at the university.
At the time of his death, Brother Towey was living at St. Vincent’s Seminary, the Provincial Headquarters of the Eastern Province of the Congregation of the Mission, in Philadelphia, Pa. He is survived by his beloved sisters, Anne Towey and Brenda Romanski; his nephew, Scott Romanski; his niece, Helen Tostaine and her husband, Gregory and his sister-in-law, Helen Towey. He is predeceased by his brother, Douglas.
Memorial donations may be made to the Brother Augustine Towey Theatre Scholarship Fund, Niagara University, Office of Institutional Advancement, Lewiston Rd., Niagara University, N.Y. 14109.