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June 26, 2017

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Moshe Vardi:
Moshe Vardi wins ACM Presidential Award  (Rice News)

Don Costa (1932-2017):
On June 13, Don Costa passed away.  A native Houstonian, he graduated from Rice in 1955 where he was a one-year baseball letterman (1953), a one-year football letterman (1954) and a member of the 1954 Cotton Bowl team that defeated Alabama, 28-6.  In 1957, he graduated from UT Dental School and he practiced dentistry for over 20 years.  Also, he was an avid fisherman and golfer and he was active in his church.  He is survived by, among others, his wife of 60 years Felicia.  Click here for the Chronicle obituary

June 16, 2017

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Gwen Bradford:
Rice professor wins APA 2017 Book Prize (Rice News)

Maybell Harris (1922-2017):
On April 16, Maybell Harris passed away.  A native Houstonian, she graduated from Rice in 1943 where she met her late husband Virgil (also class of 1943).  They were married 67 years.  After raising 3 children, she became a very active member of the Blue Bird Circle.  Also, she was active in her church.  Click here for the Chronicle obituary. 

Rice History Corner:
Click here for Melissa Kean's latest blog entry entitled "Early Adopter, 1973".

June 15, 2017

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Stephen Zeff:
Jones School Professor Wins AAA Lifetime Service Award (Rice News)

What's In Woodson:
Art in the Archives - William Ward Watkin (1886-1952)

Elizabeth Kaderli (1921-2017):
Elizabeth Kaderli recently passed away.  A native Texan, she graduated from Rice in 1943.  She enjoyed “a 35-year career as a writer and, in the earliest days of public television, as a producer for PBS stations”.  She was “a woman with many interests and an ever-questioning mind”.  Click here for the Chronicle obituary. 

Rice History Corner:
Click here for Melissa Kean's latest blog entry entitled "Some Interesting Notes on Transportation 1923".

June 14, 2017

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Kinder Institute:
Report examines Houston's 'Dangerous Crossing' (Rice News)

What's in Woodson":
KTRU Tuesdays: Streaking (Woodson Research Center)

T Robert Jones (1924-2017):
 On April 14, T Robert (Bob) Jones passed away. Born in Utopia, Texas, he graduated from Rice in 1945.  After military service,  he founded the RN Jones Agency in Harlingen, offering commercial and personal insurance, and worked there until it was sold in 2015.  Also, he was very active in the community. 

Bob and his wife Dottie were life-long Rice supporters and avid Rice sports fans. He served on the Rice Board of Governors for 4 years in the 1990s and was presently a trustee advisor.  He is survived by, among others, Dottie (they were married in 1945).  Click here for the Valley Morning Star obituary. 

Rice History Corner:
Click here for Melissa Kean's latest blog entry entitled "Familiar Faces, 1948".

 

June 13, 2017

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Yvonne Romero Da Silva:
Yvonne Romero Da Silva named vp for enrollment at Rice (Rice News)

Arthur Weston Jr (1923-2017):
On May 30, Arthur Weston Jr passed away.  Dr. Weston was a professor and department chair (Health and Physical Education) at Rice from 1952 to 1962 and a Nonresident Associate of Wiess College.  Click here for the Portland Press Herald obituary.  

Rice History Corner:
Click here for Melissa Kean's latest blog entry entitled "Duly received in good condition, 1910".

June 12, 2017

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Aydin Babakhani:
Texas team debuts battery-less pacemaker (Rice News0

Jeff Smisek:
A Board Reluctant To Bare Claws (New York Times)

Daniel Gillespie (1938-2017):
On April 19, Daniel Gillespie passed away.  Born in Missouri, he earned a BA in physics from Rice in 1960 and a PhD in high energy physics from Johns Hopkins in 1968.  He was “a research physicist best known for his derivation of the Stochastic Simulation Algorithm (The Gillespie Algorithm) and innovator in the field of stochastic physics in biology”.  Also, he had many outside interests including being an avid jazz fan.  He is survived by, among others, his wife Carol (they were married in 1976).  Click here for the Oklahoman obituary.

June 11, 2017

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David Dewane '10:
Forgotten Jonas Salk book on population growth gets an update (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Curtis Rex Carter Jr (1935 - 2017):
On February 13, Curtis Rex Carter Jr passed away.  Born in Missouri, he attended Rice (class of 1957) and graduated from the University of Missouri in 1957 with a BS in Engineering.  He “was the founder and CEO of Mission Bay Investments (MBI), an organization that changed the landscape of the piano and organ industry through its subsidiary companies in both manufacturing and retail”.  Also, he “was a ravenous sports fan and a student of all things golf”.  Click here for the San Diego Union-Tribune obituary.

June 10, 2017

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Rice Board of Trustees:
Three new members join board (Rice News)

Guthrie Shimizu:
Guthrie Shimizu co-curates baseball exhibit in Tokyo (Rice Owls)

Elizabeth Auger (1957-2017):
On April 3, Elizabeth “Beth” Auger passed away.  Born in Connecticut, she earned degrees from the University of St. Joseph in 1979 and from Ball State in 1981 and a PhD in Biochemistry from Rice in 1988.  She taught at St Joesph’s College in Maine for over 20 years.  Also, she was a loving pet owner.  Click here for the Connecticut Post obituary.

June 9, 2017

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Kelsey Walker '15:
Mapping the Questions (Rice Magazine)

Rice Design Alliance:
RD2017 Spotlight Prize goes to OOPEAAA  (RDA)

George Butler (1935-2017):
On April 13, George Butler passed away.  He graduated from Rice in 1956 and from SMU Law in 1959. He enjoyed a 40-year legal career with Clark, West, Keller, Butler  Ellis.  Also, he was active in the community and in his church.  He was predeceased 5 months ago by his wife of 54 years, Sally.  Click here for the Dallas Morning News obituary. 

Rice History Corner:
Click here for Melissa Kean’s latest blog entry entitled “Friday Follies on Thursday: All Hope Abandon, circa 1970”.

June 8, 2017

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Best in State (Thanks, John Montana!):
Which Colleges Gives You the Best Value for Your Money (IWB)

David Urban '02:
One word from spelling immortality (Amarillo Global-News)

Samuel Dunnam (1931 - 2017):
On April 10, Samuel “Sam” Dunnam passed away.  A native Houstonian, he earned a BA in Philosophy from SMU in 1954, served in the military and earned a Masters Degree in Philosophy from Rice in 1959.  He enjoyed a career as a real estate developer in Austin with projects including Dobie Center and Northcross Mall.  In 1980, he founded Centex Communications.  Also, he was active in the community.  He is survived by, among others, his wife Valerie (they were married in 1956).  Click here for the Chronicle obituary.

Rice History Corner:
Click here for Melissa Kean's latest blog entry entitled " Me and My Mom, Both on the Roof".
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