The Professor Bernard Wagner Book Endowment Fund was established in 1972 by colleagues and his former students on the occasion of his retirement. Professor Wagner taught English at Georgetown University for 41 years. He was a charter member of the Library Associates.
The May 1972 issue of Georgetown Today notes that at a surprise dinner in his honor he was:
"presented with a color TV set and given a hand-lettered parchment scroll in testimony of the esteem in which his students and friends hold him.
Making the presentations was William Peter Blatty (C'50), author of the best-selling novel, The Exorcist. Mr. Blatty studied under Professor Wagner and thanked him in the novel's acknowledgements 'for teaching me how to write' . . . University Librarian Joseph E. Jeffs (C'49) also announced Dr. Wagner's appointment as the Library's first Honorary Bibliographer in English Literature."
Professor Wagner died in January, 1980. His endowment is used for materials in English literature.