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April 30, 2018

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Tommy Countz '72:
The May issue of Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine includes a story about Tommy Countz, a fishing guide in Matagorda.  He graduated from Rice in 1972 where he played football. 

Mary Lee (1938-2018):
On February 27, Mary Lee passed away.  A native Texan, she attended Rice (class of 1960).  With her late husband Donald, she raised 3 children in Houston.  Also, she held a number of varied jobs and she was active in the community including with the United Daughters of the Confederacy.  Click here for the Chronicle obituary.

April 29, 2018

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Frances Albarede:
Geochemist wins Nemmers Prize (Rice News)

6-legged 'horse' rides to the rescue (Rice News)

April 28, 2018

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2018 University Awards Ceremony:
Rice celebrates teaching excellence (Rice News)

American Academy of Arts and Sciences:
Zoghbi and Hotez elected to AAAS (Rice News)

Virginia "Gini" Closs (1923-2018):
On March 19, Virginia “Gini” Closs passed away.  A native of Ohio, she graduated from Stanford.  Her late husband was Bill Closs (Rice ’43) who was an All-American basketball player in his senior year. “As avid sports fans, they provided scholarships for numerous athletes at their alma maters”.  Click here for the San Francisco Chronicle obituary.

Rice History Corner:
Click here for Melissa Kean's latest blog entry entitled "Friday Follies: Finals Week, 1967".

April 27, 2018

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Willy's Turnround, April 12, 1988:
How Rice students turned Willy's Statue by Lisa Gray '88 (Houston Chronicle)

Rice Science Café, Tuesday, May 1:
Next up at the Rice Science Café is Roberta Anding, lecturer in the Kinesiology Department at Rice, at The Black Labrador Café at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, May 1.  The topic of her speech is “Nutrition: sorting out fact from fiction”. 

James Strange (1938-2018):
On March 23, James Strange passed away.  A native Texan, he earned a BA in Philosophy from Rice in 1959 and graduate degrees from Yale (’64) and Drew (’72).  He taught at the University of South Florida in Tampa for 46 years.  He is survived by, among others, his wife of 57 years, Carolyn ’60 whom he “courted” at Rice.  Click here for the Tampa Bay Times obituary.  

Rice History Corner:
Click here for Melissa Kean's latest blog entry entitled "Dorm interior, undated".

April 26, 2018

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Sudipta Roy:
BikeHouston pressing for fixes where woman died in crash (KTRK 13)

Ryland Young '68 (Thanks, Dan Hyde '68!)
Young Named Texas A&M Distinguished Professor (AgriLife Today)

Gehrig Coleman:
On January 12, Gehrig Coleman passed away at the age of 64.  A native of Missouri, he earned a BA in English from Rice in 1978 and a MA from UT in 1992.   He “was a teacher, including at Chillicothe, Cameron and Hogan Preparatory Academy in Kansas City, coach, chef, and scholar”.  Click here for the Kansas City Star obituary.

Rice History Corner:
Click here for Melissa Kean's latest blog entry entitled "Dating a New Picture of the Academic Quad".

April 25, 2018

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James Brown:
Brown to be honored with George R Brown Certificate of Highest Merit (Rice News)

Main at Sunset:
Bicyclist killed in collision with dump truck (Houston Chronicle)

Doyle Edgar Little (1936-2018):
On March 11, Doyle Edgar Little passed away.  A native Texan, he earned two Chemical Engineering degrees from Rice in 1958 and 1960 and an MBA from MIT in 1969.  He enjoyed a varied career, working for Eastman Kodak, Western Company of North American and OPI.  And, in his spare time, he founded Medical Images.  Also, he was active in the community.  He is survived by, among others, his wife of 62 years Patricia.  Click here for the Star-Telegram obituary.  

Rice History Corner:
Click here for Melissa Kean's latest blog entry entitled "More Honored in the Breach, 1929".

April 24, 2018

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Kinder Institute:
2018 Kinder Houston Area Survey (Rice News)

Superior Teaching Awards:
9 recognized with award for superior teaching (Rice News0

Joseph Lockett III Capt (1939-2018):
On February 24, Joseph L Lockett III passed away.  A native Houstonian, he earned a BA I History from Rice in 1961 and then served in the US Navy until his retirement in 1990.  Also, he earned graduate degrees from the Naval Postgraduate School and Stanford.  Click here for the obituary.

Rice History Corner:
Click here for Melissa Kean's latest blog entry entitled "EAI 680 Scientific Computing System, c1968".

April 23, 2018

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Lisa Vaughn:
Meterologist is no longer employed at Fox 26 (Houston Chronicle)

RADM Austin Scott Jr:
On March 14, Austin Scott Jr passed away at the age of 84.  A native Texan, he graduated from Rice in 1955.  He enjoyed 3 careers, the first with the Navy until 1985, the second in the civilian nuclear power industry and the third in community service in Aiken SC as Director of Social Services.  He is predeceased by, among others, his wife Susan (they were married in 1955 and she passed away in 1999 from cancer).  Click here for The State obituary.

April 22, 2018

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Extending Rice's impact through international engagements (Rice News)
New Big Brothers Big Sisters HQ got big lift from Rice (Rice News)

Dean Hutch:
The end of an era (The Rice Thresher)

April 21, 2018

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Ruth Simmons:
Yesterday, Rice trustee Ruth Simmons was inaugurated as president of Prairie View A&M   David Leebron represented Rice.  Read more.

Mikki Hebl:
On Thursday night, the Houston Business Journal honored David Harvey Jr, chairman and CEO of DE Harvey Builders, with the 2018 Landmark Award for his lifetime achievement in real estate.  He is married to Mikki Hebl, the Martha and Henry Malcolm Lovett Chair of Psychology.  Read more.

Elaine Swank (1933-2018):
On April 17, Elaine Swank passed away.  She was the wife, mother and grandmother, respectively, of three Rice Chemical Engineers, Jack ’55, John ’85 and Lisa ’15.  Also, her daughter-in-law Linda Swank is a Rice alum (MBA ’89) as well as her late daughter, Susan Swank (’86).  Lisa regularly competes for Will Rice as a cyclist in the Beer Bike race.  Click here for the Chronicle obituary.

Rice History Corner:
Click here for Melissa Kean's latest blog entry entitled "Friday Follies: Training Aid, mid-70s".
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