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June 30, 2015

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Rice Observatory:
Observatory open tonight for Jupiter-Venus conjunction (Rice News)

Bettye Mathis Alexander (1929 - 2015):
On June 11, Bettye Alexander passed away after a long illness.  A native Houstonian, she attended Rice (class of 1949), married Thomas Alexander in 1945 and moved to Pearland in 1949.  For over 50 years, she was a realtor and managing partner with her husband and son in their real estate investment management company.  Also, she was very involved with the public libraries and the public schools.  Click here for The Pearland Journal obituary. 

Rice History Corner:
Click here for Melissa Kean's latest blog entry entitled "Welcome Golden Anniversary Class of 1924".

June 29, 2015

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Douglas Gooselaw  (1944 - 2015):
On June 17, Douglas Gooselaw passed away.  A native Minnesotan, he earned a BA in German and English from Bemidji State in 1966 and a MA in German from Rice in 1968.  He enjoyed a teaching career at Benedict College in South Carolina, a community college near Houston and USC before returning to Montana to take care of his parents in their declining years.  Also, he was active in the community.  Click here for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle obituary.

June 28, 2015

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Daniel Cortez '15:
Cortez wins Powell award (The Rice Thresher)

Ruth Rote Urmy (1926 - 2015):
On April 13, Ruth Urmy passed away.  A native Coloradoan, she was a Reagan HS Redcoat, she married in 1946 and she graduated from Rice in 1960.  She worked for the State of Texas Welfare Department for 28 years.  She is predeceased by, among others, her husband of 59 years, Kenneth.  Click here for the Chronicle obituary.

June 27, 2015

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Tevin Vongvanich '82:
Tevin Vongvanich ’82 has been appointed CEO of PTT Pcl, Thailand’s biggest energy firm and largest listed company.  Read more.

Peter Moller (1938 - 2015):
On June 14, Peter Moller passed away.  A native Houstonian, he earned a BS from UH in 1965 and a PhD in Biology from Rice in 1971. He was a member of the faculty at UTMB Galveston from 1975 until he retired in 2003.  Also, he was a man of many interests.  He is survived by, among others, his wife of 51 years, Carolyn.  Click here for The Friendswood Journal obituary.

Rice History Corner:
Click here for Melissa Kean's latest blog entry entitled "Friday Follies: Disoriented".

June 26, 2015

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James Coleman:
James Coleman chosen as Northern Arizona provost (NAU News)

Valerie White Fite (1918 - 2015):
On June 4, Valerie White Fite passed away after just celebrating her 97th birthday.  A native Houstonian, she was a member of the first graduating class of Kinkaid and she earned a BA in English from Rice in 1939.  She was active in the community with the Junior League, Blue Bird Circle and the Southern Garden Club.  Click here for the Chronicle obituary.

 

June 25, 2015

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Shepherd School:
A chamber music exchange in Leipzig Germany (Rice News)

Steve Kean:
New Kinder Morgan CEO follows in mentor's footsteps (Houston Chronicle) 

Rice History Corner:
Click here for Melissa Kean's latest blog entry entitled "Autry House, June 1921".

June 24, 2015

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US-China University Presidents Roundtable, June 21-22:
Liu challenges university leaders (China Daily)

Dr John Stafford (1934 - 2015):
On June 4, Dr John Stafford passed away.  A native Houstonian, he earned a BA from Rice in 1956 and a MD from UTMB Galveston in 1960.  Following military service, he enjoyed a successful practice in Psychiatry in Austin and Houston.  Also, he was an avid outdoorsman, he was exceedingly well-read and he was passionate about his family.  Click here for the Chronicle obituary. 

Rice History Corner:
Click here for Melissa Kean's latest blog entry entitled "Dirt Piles, 1947".

June 23, 2015(1)

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US-China University Presidents Roundtable, June 21-22:
Liu: Universities are 'binding force' for cooperation" (Rice News)

Rice History Corner:
Click here for Melissa Kean's latest blog entry entitled "A Parking Lot Meeting Yields Traces of Love".

June 22, 2015

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Thomas McNeill (1921 - 2015):
On April 10, Thomas McNeill passed away.  A native Texan, he earned a BA in Chemical Engineering from Rice in 1942.  He enjoyed a career with BF Goodrich and DuPont until he retired in 1982.    After retirement, he pursued his passions of family, continuing education and travel, including annual vacations in France.  Click here for The News Journal obituary.

June 21, 2015

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USC Fundraising:
Waving the Trojan Flag in Longhorn Country (Los Angeles Times)

Bill Frye (1933 - 2015):
On May 30, Bill Frye passed away.  A native Illinoisan, he earned a BA in Architecture from Rice in 1955, specializing in health care.  He also enjoyed travel and golf.  He is survived by, among others, his wife Brenda.  Click here for the Chronicle obituary.
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