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February 18, 2018

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William Sharpe:
Noble laureate to discuss Americans' retirement savings at Mar 8 lecture (Rice News)

Gordon Davenport Sr (1923-2017):
On December 4, 2017, Gordon Davenport Sr passed away.  A native of Oklahoma, he started Rice, left to serve in WWII and returned to Rice for a BS in Chemical Engineering degree in 1949.   In 1951, he began a 34-year “distinguished and storied” career with Monsanto Company.  Also, he was very active in the community.  He is predeceased by, among others, his first wife of 38 years, Jean, and his second wife of 22 years, Ora.  Click here for the Chronicle obituary.

February 17, 2018

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Brett Gutstein '17/'18:
Rice graduate student wins Gates Cambridge Scholarship (Rice News)

February 16, 2018

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James Chappell:
Rice bioscientist awarded Sloan Research Fellowship (Rice News)

Rice Trustee Emeritus Lee Rosenthal:
On Wednesday, an appeal court upheld most of US District Court Judge Lee Rosenthal’s 2017 Harris County Bail System historic ruling.  Read more. 

Knight-Hennessy Scholars:
The inaugural group of 49 Knight-Hennessy Scholars at Stanford includes Sonia Garcia ’14 and Brandi Ransom ’18.  Read more.

February 15, 2018

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Daniel Whiteson '97:
Q&A with Daniel Whiteson and Jorge Cham (Rice Magazine)

June Davis (1921-2018):
On February 3, June Davis passed away.  She attended Rice (class of 1942) and graduated from UH in 1941 with a degree in English and Drama.  She was a resident of Harlingen at time of passing. Click here for the obituary.

February 14, 2018

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Travis McPhail '04:
Virtual Historian (Rice Magazine)

The Rice Thresher:
The Rice Thresher published yesterday.  You can check it out here.

Maidel Cason:
On January 8, Maidel Cason passed away. A native Houstonian,, she graduated from Rice in two years with a BA in Biology in 1948.  She “was a feminist, a librarian, a teacher, a missionary, a fierce seeker of justice who put on no airs and lived her values” in the United States and abroad.  She is survived by, among others, four (of her five children) and 7 grandchildren.  Click here for the Chicago Tribune obituary.

February 13, 2018

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Rakesh Agrawal '97:
To coin a phrase (Houston Chronicle)

Caroline Levander:
Levander honored as one of 'Houston's 50 Most Influential Women of 2017' (Rice News)

Kathleen Williamson (1949-2018):
On February 8, Kathleen Williamson passed away. A native of the State of Washington, she earned a BA in Fine Arts from Rice in 1972.  Since 1998, she worked for the College of Business at University of Houston-Clear Lake as a lecturer in marketing and lastly as Executive Director, Academic Programs and Advising.  She is survived by, among others, her husband Michael Crippen.  Click here for the obituary.

February 12, 2018

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Patricia Reiff:
A satellite's stunning return (Rice News)

Dr Nathan Topek (1926-2018):
On February 5, Dr Nathan Topek passed away. A native Houstonian, he earned a BA from Rice and a MD from Baylor College of Medicine in 1948.  After military service during the Korean War, he enjoyed a medical practice as a gifted surgeon in the area of women’s reproductive health.  Also, he was the longtime chairman of the Albert and Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation. 

He is survived by, among others, his wife of 60 years, Cynthia, his son Kevin Topek ’83 and his daughter-in-law Mindy Vanderford ’84, a FOFL board member.  The funeral will be graveside at Glenwood Cemetery this Friday, February 16 at 1:30 pm with a reception to follow at Treebeards at Market Square from 3-7.  Click here for the obituary.

February 11, 2018

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Student Association:
SA general election candidate list released (The Rice Thresher)

Patty Hoyt (1927-2018):
On January 22, Patty Hoyt passed away.  Raised in Houston, she earned a BA from Rice in 1948 where she met her future husband, Donald ’49 and they were married in 1947.  Together, they raised 7 children  and eventually had 8 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.  In June, they celebrated 70 years of marriage.  Click here for the Chronicle obituary.

February 10, 2018

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T Bella Dinh-Zarr '93:
Keeping a Bag at the Ready for When She Gets the Call (New York Times)

Moody Center:
Moody Center to celebrate its first anniversary with a bang (Moody Center)

George Kane Jr (1925-2018):
On January 22, George Kane Jr passed away.  A native Houstonian, he attended the Navy V12 program at Rice and then served in the military during WWII.  Afterwards, he earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Rice in 1948.  With his father, he established George V Kane & Co, an insurance brokerage firm, and ultimately he became Vice-Chairman of AON Corporation and finally retired in 1991.  He is survived by, among others, his wife of 67 years, Alafair.  Click here for the Chronicle obituary. 

Rice History Corner:
Click here for Melissa Kean's latest blog entry entitled "Friday Follies: Seen in Stadium Lot, 1989".

February 9, 2018

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Pedro Alvarez:
Pedro Alvarez elected to National Academy of Engineering (Rice News)

Rice has a plan (Houston Chronicle)

Craig Lagrone (1960-2018):
On January 20, Craig Lagrone passed away.  He earned an undergraduate degree at Hendrix College and a MA (’86) and a PhD (’87) in Chemistry from Rice where he met his eventual wife, Susan Ann Cannon.  She earned a MA (’86) and a PhD (’89) in Chemistry from Rice. They lived in Birmingham AL, raised 5 children, and he taught “generations of chemistry students” and worked “throughout the chemical industry”.  Click here for the for The Birmingham News obituary.

Rice History Corner:
Click here for Melissa Kean's latest blog entry entitled "Old Chemistry Building Windows, 1998".
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