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April 27, 2015

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Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen:
Rice students design out-of-this-world furniture (Rice News)

Miriam Martin:
On April 9, Miriam Martin passed away at the age of 94.  A native Houstonian, she graduated from Rice in 1950 and moved to southern California with her family where she became a social worker specializing in adoptions.  Eight years ago, she and her husband moved to Georgia to be closer to their son.  Click here for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution obituary.

April 26, 2015

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Y Ping Sun:
Mayor declares April 23 'Y Ping Sun' Day (Rice News)

William Drake (1932 - 2015):
On April 3, William Drake passed away.  A native Illinoisan, he earned a BS in Chemical Engineering from Rice in 1955 and a Masters in International Business from the University of Detroit in 1966.  He enjoyed a career in sales, traveling around the world selling chemical products and later food service equipment.  Also, he was active in his church.  He is survived by, among others, his wife of 63 years, Cynthia.  Click here for the Times-News obituary.

April 25, 2015

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Michele Gillespie '83:
Click here for an interview with Michele Gillespie ’83 who will begin serving as Dean of the College at Wake Forest University this summer.

Yousif Shamoo:
Shamoo wins Rice's top teaching prize (Rice News)

Lucille Germany (1925 - 2015):
On March 11, Lucille Germany passed away.  Born in New Jersey, she graduated from Rice in 1944 with a BA in Biology.  She pursued graduate studies in Journalism at Columbia University and studied law at South Texas College of Law.  She was the long time editor of the Texas Churchman (Texas Episcopalian).  Also, she was a master gardener and was active in her church.  Click here for the Chronicle obituary. 

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

April 24, 2015

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New York Philharmonic Global Academy:
New York Philharmonic to partner with Shepherd School (Rice News)

Town Hall:
Save the date May 7 for Town Hall (Rice News)

Calla Maurice Johnson (1927 - 2015):
On April 5, Calla Maurice Johnson passed away.  A native Texan, she graduated from Rice in 1948.  She worked for the First Presbyterian Church in Lufkin, the Texas Forest Service and the US Forest Service, retiring in 1982.  Also, she was active in the community.  Click here for The Lufkin Daily News obituary. 

Rice History Corner:
Click here for Melissa Kean's latest blog entry entitled "Tennis courts ... with sheds".

April 23, 2015

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Rebecca Richards- Kortum:
Richards-Kortum elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences (Rice News)

Jeremy Thigpen '97:
On Tuesday, Transocean Ltd. named four-year Rice football letterman Jeremy Thigpen (1993-94-95-96) President and CEO.  Previously, he was National Oilwell Varco CFO. 

George Burt (1929 - 2015):
On March 28, George Burt passed away.  He was an accomplished composer and a Professor of Music at Smith College, the University of Michigan and Rice.  Click here for the San Francisco Chronicle obituary. 

Rice History Corner:
Click here for Melissa Kean's latest blog entry entitled "Queenie, Part 2".

April 22, 2015

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Owls Win Again (Thanks, Charles Maynard!):
Video: Barn owl prevails over hawk (GrindTV)

Runway Boys:
Runway Boys fly where no Owls have gone before (Rice News)

Mary Ann Young Gorman (1935 - 2015):
On March 7, Mary Ann Young Gorman passed away.  A native Texan, she attended Rice (class of 1958) and graduated from Lamar University in 1959.  She was a school teacher before retiring in 1998.  She “enjoyed traveling, reading, gardening and spending time with family”.  Click here for the Austin American-Statesman obituary. 

Rice History Corner:
Click here for Melissa Kean's latest blog entry entitled "Queenie, Part 1".

April 21, 2015

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Shark Tank at Rice (Thanks, John Montana!):
A chance to swim with some very rich sharks (Houston Chronicle)

Katie Rice (1970 - 2015):
On March 17, Katie Rice passed away after a battle with cancer.  In 1991, she earned a BA in Mathematical Sciences (Hanszen) from Rice where she was a four-year letterwinner in swimming.  She grew up in Los Angeles and lived in Houston and Denver before moving to Maryland in 2014, where she and her husband Mike McGehee were married shortly before her death.  Katie’s professional career was in the energy industry, including the past 16 years as Director of Regulatory Affairs at DCP Midstream in Denver.  She loved traveling, her black Labrador dogs, her family and many, many friends. 

A celebration of Katie’s life will be held this Saturday, April 25,, at 2 pm at Southwest Central Church of Christ, 4011 W Bellfort, Houston.  Friends and family are also invited to meet for breakfast at 9 am on Saturday at the Buffalo Grille, 4080 Bissonnet.  Click here for the Chronicle obituary.  

Rice History Corner:
Click here for Melissa Kean's latest blog entry entitled "I Can't Explain This, 1962".

April 20, 2015

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Comfortably Numb:
Rice students work to ease the pain of needle injections (Rice Owls)

Ima Hogg Competition:
Semifinalists announced (Houston Symphony)

Harvey McClay (1939 - 2015):
On March 28, Harvey McClay passed away.  A native Houstonian, he earned a BS in Mathematics from Rice in 1960.  He worked for the federal government and for HISD and he also taught computer classes part-time at HCC for over 20 years before retiring in 2001.  He is survived by, among others, his wife of 54 years, Patricia.  Click here for the Pasadena Citizen obituary.

April 19, 2015

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Rice Business Plan Competition:
BYU wins 2015 Competition (Rice News)

Baker Institute:
Baker Prize honors LE and Virginia Simmons (Rice News)

Ben Behravesh (1943 - 2015):
On March 25, Ben Behravesh passed away.  Born in Iran, he earned an undergraduate degree from UH and a Master’s degree from Rice in 1970, both in Architecture.  He taught architecture at the University of Tehran and also practiced architecture in the United States.  Click here for the Kansas City Star obituary.

April 18, 2015

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"The Rich Get Rich Faster" (Thanks, Ramsay Elder!):
According to a report by Moody’s Investors Service published Thursday, Rice ranked #16 among the wealthiest private universities in the United States.  Read more.

Engineering Design Showcase:
D.R.A.D.I.S wins Showcase (Rice News)

Pat Jones (1934 - 2015):
On March 25, Pat Jones passed away.  Born in Spain, he earned a BA and BS in Mechanical Engineering from Rice in 1955 and 1956, respectively. He enjoyed a career with Dupont in Canada and various countries.  In retirement, he was active with Habitat for Humanity.  Click here for the Naples Daily News obituary.  

Rice History Corner:
Click here for Melissa Kean's latest blog entry entitled "Friday Follies: Not Safe for Work".
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