UM-Dearborn Librarian Orblych remembered as a reliable, kind friend

Slain librarian remembered as a reliable, kind friend


Teague Orblych went about his days trying to make life easier on people. His job as a librarian was to help others that came to him for research materials, and he did it with a smile on his face.

That reliable, kind attitude that Teague Orblych carried with him to work each day of his 17 years spent at Mardigian Library made his death all the more upsetting for those that encountered him.

Orblych was shot to death outside his Detroit home along with his brother, William, when at least two masked suspects attempted to invade their family’s house.

The man that steadily carried himself with respect and kindness was taken from this world by an act of evil–the most unfit ending to the life Teague Orblych lived.

Teague and William were the main providers for their household, which consisted of their senior mother, their sister who suffers from multiple sclerosis and their brother who suffers from a developmental disability.

“I can tell you that my colleagues in social science and especially in history, when they heard the news we were all really stunned,” said Dr. Jamie Wraight, a lecturer of history at UM-Dearborn.

But Orblych wouldn’t want to be remembered for how he was taken away, but rather by the impact that he had on others.

That impact, which was felt by coworkers and all that came to Mardigian Library, came from someone that truly cared about helping others.

Wraight worked with Teague for all 17 years of his career at UM-Dearborn as they both worked out of Mardigian Library.

Teague was someone that Wraight could build a work friendship with–someone that liked to talk about the Detroit Tigers and kick back after work with a beer and a chat.

Teague Orblych (center) had a love for the Detroit Tigers.

The two bonded, joining a small circle of friends that worked in the library. Orblych made it out to events with coworkers including barbecues, nights out and even Wraight’s wedding.

“He had a really quiet reach,” Wraight said. “He was never a big fanfare. He just quietly went about his day and did his job.

“But he left a huge mark on a lot of people.”

One of those people that Orblych left a mark on was UM-Dearborn graduate Rebecca Mahfouz.

Orblych hired Mahfouz to work as a peer information counselor in 2005 and acted as her direct supervisor.

There, Mahfouz got to see firsthand how much Orblych cared about helping others with his work.

“He would walk anyone through any aspect of the library,” she said. “They would come with the most random questions and once I ran out of patience, I would pass them off to him, and he would work with people for literally hours.”

But he cared for the people around him more than anything else.

When Mahfouz had a car that would constantly break down, she knew there was one person that was always dependable and kind enough to offer her a ride.

“Every time it broke down, I could call him when I had to be at work at seven in the morning: ‘Hey, Teague, I need a ride again.’”

“One time I was without a car for a month, and he brought me home–not just from work, but from class– almost every day.

“He always said yes…Every time.”

Orblych didn’t get the chance to retire early, as he had worked so hard to do over the years.

He didn’t get to finish projects he had planned to make things easier for researchers and online students.

Though Teague Orblych’s life may have been cut short, the friends he left behind did not feel shorted by the impact he had on them.

A GoFundMe campaign for the Orblych family can be found here.