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December 22, 2014

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Harry Gee, Jr. '60:
In October, Harry Gee, Jr. ’60 received an American Bar Association 2014 Difference Makers Award.  The “award recognizes an individual for his or her service in the local community”.  Read more.

Claire Smith '87 (Thanks, John Wolda '56!):
Last Wednesday, Claire Smith ’87, the chef-owner of Shade and Canopy, opened Woodbar, a coffeehouse adjacent to Canopy in Montrose.  Her parents are Pamela ‘55 and Dave Devine ‘53, a three-year baseball letterman (1950-51-52).  Read more.

Elsa Jean Daniels Horlock (1933 - 2014):
On December 19, Elsa Jean Daniels Horlock passed away.  She graduated from Rice in 1955 where she was Outstanding Senior, 1952 Homecoming Queen and 1954 Cotton Bowl Queen.  At Rice, she met Billy Ed Daniels ’53, a three-year football letterman (1950-51-52), and they were married in June 1955.  She was an advanced classical pianist, an accomplished tennis player and a private pilot.  Also, she was very active in the community and in Rice organizations including the boards of the Shepherd School and Fondren Library.

In 1989, Billy Ed Daniels passed away.  In 1996, she married Roy Horlock.  The memorial service is today at 11 am at Chapelwood United Memorial Church.  Click here for the Chronicle obituary. 

254 Texas Courthouses:
Leonard Lane has completed the webpage for Stephens County.  Check it out.

December 21, 2014

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National Academy of Inventors:
Mikos, Richards-Kortum named fellows (Rice News)

David Heymann (class of 1982):
The trouble with Austin by Lisa Gray '88 (Houston Chronicle)

Tim Cochran:
Rice mourns loss of mathematician (Rice News)

December 20, 2014

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Mary Shaw '65:
Last month, President Obama awarded a National Medal of Technology and Innovation to Mary Shaw ’65 for “pioneering leadership in the development of innovative curricula in Computer Science” at the White House.  View more.  

Nat Holland:
What's a former Rice biology professor doing at a Houston real estate firm? (HBJ)

Phillip Kusnetzky (1939 - 2014):
On December 9, Phillip Kusnetzky passed away.  A native Missourian, he received a BA from Rice in 1961 and a law degree from the University of Missouri in Columbia in 1965.  He was devoted to the legal profession, he was a leader in the local Jewish community and he was a life-long Rice Owls fan.  He is survived by, among others, his wife of 50 years, Cindy.  Click here for the Kansas City Star obituary. 

Rice History Corner:
Click here for Melissa Kean's latest blog entry entitled: Friday Afternoon Follies: The Biggest Liar".

December 19, 2014

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"A Rock Star Scientist And Educator":
James Tour is one of eight scientists who is changing the world, according to this Yahoo News story.

Ben Rhodes '00:
Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes ‘00 played a major role in the secret negotiations that culminated in this week’s announcement of a normalization of relations between the United States and Cuba.  Read more. 

Rice History Corner:
Click here for Melissa Kean's latest blog entry entitled "Letters to Santa, 1929".


December 18, 2014

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The Value of a Rice Education:
Rice is No. 4 among Kiplinger's best-value private schools (Rice News)

Gang Bao:
Nanomedicine expert joins Rice faculty (Rice News)

The Autry Family:
Online exhibit features Autry collection (Woodson Research Center)

Rice History Corner:
Click here for Melissa Kean's latest blog entry entitled "Tree Trimming at Brown College, 1972".

December 17, 2014

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William Martin:
Optimism grows for legal pot in Texas (Houston Chronicle)

Glasscock School:
Registration is now open for spring classes at the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies. Click here for the Glasscock School website.

Debra Lynn Jacquet (1956 - 2014):
On December 5, Debra Lynn Jacquet passed away after a brief illness.  A native Texan, she received a BA from Rice in 1978 and a MBA from UT in 1980.  She enjoyed a business career in New Orleans.  Also, she “had many interests and passions out of work” including being a dedicated sports fan, particularly of the New Orleans Saints and the Rice Owls baseball team.  She is survived by, among others, her husband since 1978, Tim Jacquet ’77.  Click here for the New Orleans Advocate obituary. 

Rice History Corner:
Click here for Melissa Kean's latest blog entry entitled "A Weight Off My Mind".

December 16, 2014

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The Year in Review At Rice:
Extraordinary Opportunities, Discoveries and Achievements (YouTube)

Let It Snow:
Rice students celebrate last day of classes with snowball fight (YouTube)

Sandee Torgrimson (1968 - 2014):
On October 20, Sandee Duncan Torgrimson passed away.  A native Oklahoman, she attended Rice (class of 1968) and graduated from Lincoln Law School in San Jose CA in 1991.  She worked for 20 years in the Santa Clara County DA’s office.  Also, she was active in the community.  Click here for the San Jose Mercury News obituary. 

Rice History Corner:
Click here for Melissa Kean's latest blog entry entitled "“A Final Thought on Those Notes About the Power Plant: Nancy Boothe, ‘52”.

December 15, 2014

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David Heymann (class of 1982):
In Texas, Architect for Bushes Also Builds With His Words (New York Times)

254 Texas Courthouses:
Leonard Lane has completed the webpage for Young County.  Check it out.

Stuart Riggs (1928 - 2014):
On November 28, Stuart Riggs MD passed away.  A native Texan, he attended the College of William and Mary, Rice (class of 1951) and UTMB Galveston.   He practiced medicine for 4 decades and was active in professional organizations.  Also, he had a facility for foreign languages, he was an expert photographer and an amateur pilot.  Click here for Chronicle obituary. 

December 14, 2014

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The Grenader Family:
The Grenader family is renovating the historic Clock Tower industrial building at the corner of 22nd and Lawrence in the Heights.  The family has a number of ties to Rice.  Project manager Jonathan Grenader (class of 1973) inherited the property from his father, Pincus ’32.  Two of the architects on the project are Jonathan’s wife and RSA professor Nonya (M. Arch, ’94) and their son Sam ’05.  Read more.

2014 AIA Gingerbread Bake-off:
Neuroscientists nab top prize (Houston Chronicle)

December 13, 2014

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Antonia Sebastian '11:
Sebastian receives Fulbright fellowship to conduct research in the Netherlands (Rice News)

Richard Wesley, MD (1944 - 2014):
On November 20, Richard Wesley MD passed away.  A native Texan, he graduated from Rice in 1967 and Johns Hopkins Medical School in 1971.  He enjoyed a 28 year career in pulmonary medicine and critical care in Washington.  In retirement, he “found his true passion at the University of Washington studying a variety of topics”.    In 2008, he was diagnosed with ALS.   Click here for The Seattle Times obituary. 

Rice History Corner:
Click here for Melissa Kean's latest blog entry entitled "Friday Afternoon Follies: Pickin' and Grinnin'"
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