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May 24, 2016

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Inside Rice:
Video: Spring 2016 Edition (Rice News)

Dave Chapman (1931 - 2016):
On May 1, Dave Chapman passed away.  A native Pennsylvanian, he earned a BS in Architecture from Rice in 1953.   At Rice, he met and married Erminie Chambers ’54.  He enjoyed a lifelong career in construction.  Also, he was active in his church and in the community.  He is survived by, among others, his wife of 64 years, Erminie.  Click here for Chronicle obituary. 

Rice History Corner:
Click here for Melissa Kean's latest blog entry entitled "And Now For Something Completely Different".

May 23, 2016

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Buckyballs:
Discover of Buckyballs a Nobel effort by professors (Houston Chronicle)

Opal Sumners (1922 - 2016):
On May 4, Opal Sumners passed away.  A native of Louisiana, she graduated from Rice in 1943.  In 1946, she married Pete Sumners and they raised a family and worked together.  Also, she was very active in her church and in the community.  She is survived by, among others, her husband.  Click here for The Lufkin Daily News obituary.

May 22, 2016

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Center for Civic Leadership:
Rice students make a difference (Rice News)

The Diary of Mark Flood (Thanks, Kathleen Boyd!):
Part One: Gone to Texas (ARTnews)
Part Two: Home Alone (ARTnews)

Jack Kraft (1924 - 2016):
On April 21, Jack Kraft passed away.  A native Texan, he earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering in 1950 from Rice where he played football his freshman year.  After military service and working for years in steel building construction and large steel forging, he was project manager for Gilbane Construction until he retired at the age of 75.  He is predeceased by, among others, his wife of 62 years, Beverly.  Click here for the Chronicle obituary.

May 21, 2016

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Rice Commencement:
Improv comedy wisdom from Jake Hassell '16 (YouTube)

Former Rice Hotel:
Happy 103th Birthday (Houston Chronicle)

James Christopher (1930 - 2016):
On April 12, James Christopher passed away.  A native Pennsylvanian, he earned a Bachelor of Architecture from Rice in 1953 and a Master’s Degree from MIT in 1956.  After military service in the Korean War, he began teaching at the University of Utah School of Architecture and in 1963 he co-founded Brixen & Christopher Architects.  He is survived by, among others, his wife of 61 years, Carolyn.  Click here for the Salt Lake Tribune obituary.

Rice History Corner:
Click here for Melissa Kean's latest blog entry entitled "Friday Follies: Go Wiess Jocks!"

May 20, 2016

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Captain Baker:
Steady hand shaped success (Houston Chronicle)

David Keck '09 (Thanks, Mike Ross '70/'74!):
Camerata’s David Keck now a Master Sommelier (Houston Press)

Rice History Corner:
Click here for Melissa Kean's latest blog entry entitled "Maxwell O Reade, 1916-2016".

May 19, 2016

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Jones School:
Five professors recognized with teaching honors (Rice News)

Rice Bookstore:
Follett Partners with Rice to Manage Bookstore (Follett)

Maxwell Reade (1916 - 2016):
On April 13, Maxwell Reade passed away, two days after his 100th birthday (a personal goal).  He graduated from Brooklyn College in 1936 and from Harvard in 1937 and he received a PhD from Rice in 1940.   In World War II, he worked for the Office of Scientific Research and Development and “his applications of mathematics to the Allied war effort save thousands of lives”.  He was a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Michigan for 40 years.  Click here for the Ann Arbor News obituary. 

Rice History Corner:
Click here for Melissa Kean's latest blog entry entitled "Fairy Ring, 1992".

May 18, 2016

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Doerr Institute for New Leaders:
Doerr Institute expands presence at Rice (Rice News)

William Blomberg (1934 - 2016):
On April 6, William Blomberg passed away.  A native of Missouri, he attended Rice (class of 1956) and graduated from UT Austin.  After military service, he worked most of his life for the City and County of San Francisco.  He is survived by, among others, his wife of 35 years, Susan. Click here for the San Francisco Chronicle obituary. 

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

May 17, 2016

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The Way I See It:
Favorite Rice commencement memories by Keith Cooper (Rice News)

Robert Brown (1924 - 2016):
On April 6, Robert Brown passed away.  A native Oklahoman, he attended Rice (class of 1945) after military service in WWII and earned a degree in petroleum engineering from Tulsa University.  Beginning n 1948, he enjoyed a career with Texaco (then known as The Texas Company).  He is survived by, among others, his wife Maxine. Click here for the Chicago Tribune obituary. 

Rice History Corner:
Click here for Melissa Kean's latest blog entry entitled "And Just Like That Everybody's Gone".

May 16, 2016

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Rice Commencement:
Prizes and awards to degree recipients (Rice News)

Jack Kent Cooke Prize:
Amherst College won the $1 million Cooke Prize for Equity in Educational Excellence.  Read more

Rose Reilly (1925 - 2016):
On April 7, Rose Reilly passed away.  A native of Ohio, she graduated from Rice in 1945 at the age of 19.  After graduation, she worked in New York City for several years before returning to Houston.  She was active at her church.  She is predeceased by, among others, her husband of 52 years, John.  Click here for the Chronicle obituary.

May 15, 2016

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Rice Commencement:
WuDunn: For own sake, make empathy a priority (Rice News)
Wells honored with WuDunn award (Rice News)

William Gordon (1935 - 2016):
On March 29, Dr William Gordon passed away.  A native of Maryland, he graduated Phi Beta Kappa in history from Rice in 1956 and then earned a law degree from UT in 1959 and a medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in 1963.  He was a well-known specialist in Neurology in Lubbock.  Also, he was active in the community.  Click here for The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal obituary.
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