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June 30, 2012

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Jordan Schermerhorn '12:
HIV in the Mountain Kingdom (New York Times)

Frances Huff (1920 - 2012):
On June 5, Frances Huff, the mother of former Rice football player John Huff ’69, passed away.  A native of Michigan, she graduated from Wayne State in 1941 and was a school teacher (like her parents) from 1941 until 1986 in 9 different states (including Poe Elementary).  Afterwards, she worked full-time with her husband William Huff in their law practice in Mississippi.  They were married for 54 years when he passed away in 1998.  Also, she enjoyed participating in many community activities.  Click here for the Mobile Press-Register obituary.

Rice History Corner:
Click here for Melissa Kean’s latest blog entry entitled “Friday Afternoon Follies: Chariots of Fire”.

June 29, 2012

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Pulickel Ajayan:
Rice researchers develop paintable battery (Rice News)
A Rice brainstorm: spray-on batteries (Houston Chronicle)

Betty Whitmire Sumner (1929 - 2012):
On June 1, Betty Whitmire Sumner passed away.  A native Texan, she graduated from Rice in 1960 with a degree in Economics and Business Administration.  She was an elementary school teacher, a secretary and a career volunteer.  Click here for the Odessa American obituary.

Rice History Corner:
Click here for Melissa Kean’s latest blog entry entitled “Chemistry Lab, 1952”.

June 28, 2012

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Jim Bridenstine '98 (Thanks, Kirkwood Johnston!):
On Tuesday, Jim Bridenstine, who swam at Rice, won the Republican primary for Oklahoma’s 1st District in the US House of Representatives.

George Klumb (1925 - 2012):
On May 29, George Klumb passed away at the age of 86.  A native of Mississippi, he received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Rice in 1949.  He worked for Dow Chemical until his retirement in 1986.  Also, he was active in his church.  Click here for the Midland Daily News obituary.

Centennial Video Series:
Tony Martino, Rice's first gardener (Rice News)

Rice History Corner:
Click here for Melissa Kean’s latest blog entry entitled “Rules for Slimes, 1932”.

June 27, 2012

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Gary Shapiro '68:
Acting US attorney named as Fitzgerald successor search begins (Chicago Tribune)

John Wiegman (1928 - 2012):
On May 23, John Wiegman passed away at the age of 83.  A native of Iowa, he earned undergraduate degrees from Iowa State in 1950 and a Masters of Architecture from Rice in 1971.  From 1970 until his retirement in 1998, he worked for SI Morris Associates or its predecessor firm, serving as chairman beginning in 1993.  Also, he was an active church member.  Click here for the Chronicle obituary.

254 Texas Courthouses:
Click here for Leonard Lane’s latest blog entries.

Rice History Corner:
Click here for Melissa Kean’s latest blog entry entitled “Lunchtime, circa 1980”.

June 26, 2012

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Jennifer Young:
Rice instructor killed on Main was a rising star (Houston Chronicle, June 21) 
Baby of Rice prof killed by car loses brief fight for life (Houston Chronicle, June 21)

Cindy Farach-Carson:
Unconventional Education at Rice (Rice News)

Rice History Corner:
Click here for Melissa Kean’s latest blog entry entitled “Boondoggle with Dow Chemical, 1956”.

June 25, 2012

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Jessica Phillips and Philip Barzilla (Thanks, Harriet Wolda!):
On June 23, Jessica Phillips and Philip Barzilla were married in the Ray Courtyard on the Rice campus.  Owl teammates Kenny Baugh and Justin Farris were groomsmen.  A string quartet composed of Rice music graduate students played for the event.

Centennial Video Series:
President Lovett's Office (Rice News)

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

June 8, 2012

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Storm Risk Calculator:
Houston unveils Storm Risk Calculator for 2012 hurricane season (Rice News)

Ronald Robertson (1966 - 2012):
On May 21, Ronald Robertson passed away.  A native of Indiana, he was a three-year Rice basketball letterman (1986-87-88) and graduated with a degree in managerial studies in 1991.  Most recently, he worked for Farmers Insurance.  Click here for the Chicago Sun-Times obituary.

Rice History Corner:
Click here for Melissa Kean’s latest blog entry entitled “Sick Day, but with a cool picture”.

June 7, 2012

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VaxNation:
Vaccination aid helps keep records straight (Rice News)

Dr Richard Lytle:
On May 22, Dr. Richard Lytle passed away at the age of 74.  A native of Oklahoma, he earned a BA from Rice in 1959, a MA from Washington University in 1964 and MLS and PhD degrees from the University of Maryland in 1979.  He spent 17 years at the Smithsonian Institution and then served as Dean of the College of Information Science and Technology at Drexel from 1987 to 1998.  Click here for the Daily Local News PA obituary.

Rice History Corner:
Click here for Melissa Kean’s latest blog entry entitled “Looking out a Window in the Mech Lab”.

June 6, 2012

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The Owl and the Shield:
Video: The Origin of the Rice Owls (Rice News)

Centennial Star (Thanks, Larry George!):
Associate Athletic Director Kim Koehn is one of this week’s Centennial Stars.

Thomas W Evans:
On May 15, Rear Admiral Thomas W Evans, United States Navy (Ret) passed away at the age of 75.  A native Floridian, he received a BA and a BS degree in mechanical engineering from Rice in 1959.  He served 33 years in the Navy until July 1992 and then worked for the DOE until 1999.  He conducted the Navy’s technical review of the screenplay for The Hunt for Red October (1990).  Click here for the Washington Post obituary.

Rice History Corner:
Click here for Melissa Kean’s latest blog entry entitled “Jess Neely Meets the Press”.

June 5, 2012

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Shepherd School:
Acclaimed vocal instructors to join Shepherd School (Rice News)

Douglas Brinkley:
Brinkley chronicles Cronkite's life (Rice News)
A walk through the life of Cronkite (Austin American-Statesman)

Rice History Corner:
Click here for Melissa Kean’s latest blog entry entitled “Those Palm Trees Through the Cloisters”.
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