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March 31, 2011

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Chef Derrix Norman:
The can-do Cajun (Rice News)

2011 Rice Business Plan Competition:
Game on (Rice News)

Marion Knox Barthelme Fort:
On March 22, Marion Fort died after a long battle against cancer.  Born in Maryland, she received a BA from the University of Wisconsin and a MA in History from Rice in 1994.   She was “passionate about reading, writing, and the visual arts, and was vibrant, engaged, and tireless in promoting and developing these art forms here and elsewhere".  Click here for the New York Times obituary.

Rice History Corner:
Click here for Melissa Kean’s latest blog entry entitled “Pictures from the Unidentified Pile”.

March 30, 2011

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Guy Jackson '71:
Guy Jackson, a principal of Jackson & Ryan Architects, has been selected as the Decorative Center Houston 2011 “Star of Design” winner for Lifetime Achievement.  The awards ceremony will be held on April 27.

Unconventional Beauty:
Spring Flowers at Rice (Rice News/YouTube)

Roger Martin (1927 - 2011):
On March 22, Roger Martin passed away.  A native Texan, he graduated from Rice in 1945. After military service from 1952-4, he lived in the Tomball area for over 40 years where he was active in his church and in civic service.  Click here for the Chronicle obituary.

March 29, 2011

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A Message from Chris Kolkhorst:
“ I am pleased to announce that the lessons I learned on the ball field are now being applied everyday to grow our new business Kolkhorst Insurance Agency.  We hustle, we compete, we hate to lose, we out-work our competitors and if someone wants to throw us inside, we aren’t getting out of the way.

We are a family insurance agency with an intense focus on customer service.  My sister Mandy Kolkhorst handles anything related to personal insurance.  Homeowners, auto, flood, motorcycle, boat, umbrella, life, etc…from starter homes to mansions in River Oaks and everything in between.  Robin Smith runs our commercial department and she brings 35 years experience with her.  We work with all types of business from start-ups to some of the larger companies in town.

Please visit our website here or email me here.  Thank you!”

Scott Wise:
Investment firm will serve portfolio of nonprofits (Houston Chronicle)

Michael Lindsay:
Rice sociologist named eighth president of Gordon College (Rice News)

Rice History Corner:
Click here for Melissa Kean’s latest blog entry entitled “This Week in 1950”.

March 28, 2011

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Krishna Palem:
‘Pruned’ microchips are faster, smaller, more energy-efficient (Rice News)

Herbert Sutton (1928 - 2011):
On March 19, Herbert Sutton passed away.  A native Texan, he graduated from Rice in 1949.  After military service in Korea, he was involved in the construction business and in a variety of businesses with his family.  Also, he obtained Master Gardener status.  Click here for the Chronicle obituary.

Annie Ray Watkin Hoagland Strange (1915 - 2011):
As previously reported, Annie Ray Watkin Hoagland Strange passed away on March 21.  The daughter of the late William Ward Watkin, she earned an undergraduate degree from Rice in 1936 and a Master’s Degree in Art History at Rice in 1943.  Click here for the Chronicle obituary.

March 27, 2011

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Brockman Hall for Physics:
Rice unveils state-of-the-art physics research facility (Rice News)

Martha Ann Hines (1918 - 2011):
On March 22, Martha Ann Hines passed away.  A fifth generation Texan, she graduated from Kinkaid (as the valedictorian of the first graduating class) and from Rice in 1939.  She was a lifelong student of ballet and modern dance, she enjoyed gardening and she was active in her church.  Click here for the Chronicle obituary.

Rice History Corner:
Click here for Melissa Kean’s latest blog entries.

March 24, 2011

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Robert Flatt:
Running Water: A Portrait of Robert Flatt (YouTube)

2011 Rice Business Plan Competition:
Business Plan Competition offers $1 million in prizes (Rice News) 

Lorena Steakley (1919 - 2011):
On March 20, Lorena Steakley passed away.  A native Houstonian, she graduated from Rice in 1940.  She was the first female real estate broker in Montgomery County and the first female Real Estate board president in Texas in January 1962.  Click here for the obituary.

March 23, 2011

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Brockman Hall for Physics:
Brockman to be dedicated tomorrow (Rice News)
Rice’s New Brockman Hall (Swamplot)

Rice Graduate Programs:
Eight graduate programs rank among nation’s top 20 (Rice News)

Guy T McBride Jr (1919 - 2011):
On Monday, Guy T McBride passed away.  A native of Austin, he graduated from the University of Texas in 1940 and received a Doctorate in Science from MIT in 1948.   At Rice, he was an associate professor of Chemical Engineering, associate dean and Dean of Students (1950-58).  Later, he was President of the Colorado School of Mines (1970-84).  Click here for the obituary.

March 22, 2011

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John Meyer (1925 - 2011):
John Meyer passed away at the age of 85 after an extended battle with melanoma.  A native Nebraskan, he graduated from Rice in 1945.  After military service, he spent his career in the construction business.  “His desk is finally cleared.”   Click here for the Chronicle obituary.

Rice History Corner:
Click here for Melissa Kean’s latest blog entry entitled “Ray Watkin Hoagland Strange, 1915-2011 ”.

March 21, 2011

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Margaret H "Peggy" Ley (1939 - 2011):
On March 18, Peggy Ley passed away at the age of 72.  A native of Illinois, she earned a BA degree in English and History from Bucknell in 1960, a MBA from Harvard and a law degree from the University of Houston.  She “focused her life work on helping those in need, particularly children and adults with learning difficulties due to dyslexia and AD/HD”.  Also, she served Rice in an advisory role.  She is preceded in death by her husband of 35 years, the late Robert M. Ley and his father Wendel D. Ley.  Click here for the Chronicle obituary.

March 20, 2011

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Baker Institute:
Establishing Dialogues (Houston Chronicle)

Mary Margaret Kempe Mut (1926 - 2011):
On March 8, Mary Mut passed away at the age of 84.  A native Houstonian, she graduated from Rice in 1945.  She was an accomplished painter and a devout Catholic parishioner.  Click here for the Dallas Morning News obituary.

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