In the middle of the library courtyard, tucked into a cozy copse of evergreens, is an unassuming little bench with a rather touching little history. It is the Alistair and Dorothy Riach Memorial Bench, and it was formally dedicated on Nov. 27 in a short ceremony officiated by university librarian Richard Ellis. The bench's namesakes, the late Alistair and Dorothy (MA `79) Riach, were both professors at Memorial from the 1960s through to their retirements in the 1980s. He was a member of the education faculty, she a professor with the department of English. When Alistair passed away in August of 1999 (predeceased by Dorothy in June of the same year), he left a special bequest in his will for the funding and construction of the courtyard seat. Hilary Vavasour and Richard Ellis officially dedicated the Riachs' bench.