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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".

April 17, 2015

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A New Disciplinary Minor:
Political theory and law (Rice News)

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

Peggy Welch (1931 - 2015):
On March 28, Peggy Welch passed away.  She earned a BA in Zoology at UT in 1952 and, after rearing her children, returned to school to earn a MA from Lamar in 1973 and a PhD from Rice in 1980.  She was active in the community and the church, she was a “recognized watercolorist” and she and her husband Dick traveled the world together.  Click here for the San Antonio Express-News obituary.

Rice History Corner:
Click here for Melissa Kean's latest blog entry entitled "On Campus, 1976 plus The 1970 Campanile Again".

April 16, 2015

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Blanque Robinson '16:
Rice junior chosen for a Beinecke Scholarship (Rice Owls)

James Webster (1913 - 2015):
On March 19, James Webster Jr passed away at the age of 102.  A native Texan, he earned a BA in Architecture from Rice in 1935.  He served in the Navy in WWII and then resumed his architectural career.  He “was a devoted son, husband, brother, loving father, grandfather, coach, scout leader and mentor”.  Click here for the Chronicle obituary.  

Rice History Corner:
Click here for Melissa Kean's latest blog entry entitled 'Free Enterprise and Math 100".

April 15, 2015

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Baker Institute:
Dinner honors LE and Virginia Simmons (Houston Chronicle)

Mother Cecilia OSB:
Mother Cecilia OSB (Martina Snell), who earned a Bachelor in Music from Rice in 1999, is “featured on this PBS program for the most recent CD she recorded with the Benedictines of Mary”. 

Rice History Corner:
Click here for Melissa Kean's latest blog entry entitled "A Shadow of David Parsons".

April 14, 2015

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Krishna Palem:
Palem wins Guggenheim Fellowship (Rice News)

John Benzon (1950 - 2015):
On March 30, John Benzon passed away.  A native Pennsylvanian, he earned a BA in Biology from Rice in 1972 and a graduate degree in accounting from UH in 1977.  He enjoyed a 34 year career with PriceWaterhouseCoopers and, for a time, was the partner in charge of the Rice financial audit.  Also, he was a long time Rice fundraising and alumni volunteer as well as an avid supporter of Rice Baseball and Rice Athletics in general.  He “lived his life with enthusiasm, curiosity, intelligence, and great love”.  His memorial service is at 11 am today at Christ Church Cathedral, 1117 Texas Avenue.  Click here for the Chronicle obituary. 

Rice History Corner:
Click here for Melissa Kean's latest blog entry entitled "Jerry Lewis, 1937-2015".

April 13, 2015

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Saint Arnold Tap Takeover at Valhalla, 4 pm tomorrow:
The Saint Arnold Tap Takeover at Valhalla starts at 4 pm tomorrow and features Bishop’s Barrel No 9, Icon Blue, Summer Pils, Santo and Amber Ale.  Read more.

April 12, 2015

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Cristle Collins Judd '83:
On Friday, the Andrew W Mellon announced the appointment of Cristle Collins Judd ’83 as a Senior Program Officer in Higher Education and Scholarship.  Read more.

Thomas Flynn (1933 - 2015):
On March 16, Thomas Flynn passed away.  A native Texan, he earned undergraduate degrees in Chemical Engineering from Rice (BA 1954, BS 1955) and graduate degrees from the University of Colorado (Masters, 1956 and PhD, 1958).  He co-authored one text book and two books on Cryogenic Engineering.  Also, he loved to travel and was an avid SCUBA diver.  Click here for The Boulder Daily Camera obituary.
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