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July 31, 2013

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Ray Martinez:
Ray Martinez, former director of government relations for Rice, will be the next chancellor at WGU Texas.  Read more.

Rui de Figueiredo (1929 - 2019):
On July 22, Dr Rui de Figueiredo passed away, after a valiant fight with Parkinson’s disease.  Born in India, he earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in electrical engineering from MIT and a PhD in Applied Mathematics from Harvard in 1959.  In 1965, he became a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences at Rice for 25 years.  He “lived a long life full of personal happiness and professional achievements”.  Click here for the Chronicle obituary.

July 30, 2013

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Annise Parker '78:
Mayor talks about herself, her family, her job (Houston Chronicle)

Richard Boylan:
Prison reform results in strain on welfare system (Rice News)

Rice History Corner:
Click here for Melissa Kean's latest blog entry entitled "“A Big Night Sometime in the 1960s Plus A Bonus You Really Want to See”.

July 29, 2013

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James Crittenden (1923 - 2013):
On July 25, James Crittenden passed away.  A native Texan, he earned a BS in Chemical Engineering from Rice in 1944.  After WWII military service, he joined Humble Oil nka ExxonMobil where he worked until 1982.  Following his retirement, he enjoyed time with his family, traveling and playing lots of golf.  He was also active in his church.  Click here for the Chronicle obituary.

254 Texas Courthouses:
Leonard Lane has completed the webpage for Henderson County.  Check it out!

July 28, 2013

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Helana Talmage (1919 - 2013):
On July 27, Helana Talmage passed away.  She was born in China and graduated from Wilson College in Pennsylvania.  In 1947, she and her husband Roy moved to Rice where he taught in the Biology Department.  In 1957, they became Masters of Wiess College for 12 years.  She was also active in her church.  Click here for the Longview News-Journal obituary

July 27, 2013

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Glasscock School:
Teaching the teachers (Rice News)

Michael McCord (1957 - 2013):
On July 21, Dr Michael McCord passed away “from a massive pulmonary embolism following emergency surgery while serving on a medical mission to Guatemala”.  After graduating from Rice in 1979 and Southwestern Medical School in 1983, he practiced Anesthesia in San Antonio since 1987.  He became committed to medical missions to Guatemala beginning in 2002.  He was posthumously awarded the Order of the Quetzal, the highest honor awarded to civilians by the Guatemalan government.  Click here for the San Antonio Express-News obituary.
Rice History Corner:
Click here for Melissa Kean's latest blog entry entitled "Friday Afternoon Follies: Library Cops".

July 26, 2013

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Top Colleges 2013:
Rice ranks #33 on Forbes list of America's top colleges 2013.  Read more.

Karrie '92 and Tim League '92:
Reel Nerds (Rice Magazine)

Jack Hurlbut (1941 - 2013):
On July 14, Jack Hurlbut passed away.  A native Houstonian, he played football at Rice and then at Alabama where he graduated in 1964.  He enjoyed a business career and was also active in his church and on the school board in Forney.  Later in life, he worked in the athletic departments at both Rice and UH.  He retired in 2005. Click here for the Chronicle obituary. 

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

July 25, 2013

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George P Bush '98:
Bush starts small amid high expectations (Houston Chronicle/AP)

Ward Polzin '86:
Ward Polzin has been named a Senior Executive Advisor to Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co.  Read more. 

Rice History Corner:
Click here for Melissa Kean's latest blog entry entitled "The Fruits of Summer Clean Up".

July 24, 2013

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Vivian Ziwei Guan '15:
The woman who was killed Monday morning in a Metro train accident in downtown Houston was Vivian Ziwei Guan, a Rice architecture student.  Read more.

July 23, 2013

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Sam Houston Memorial Museum:
This Friday and Saturday, the Sam Houston Memorial Museum in Huntsville will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the death of Sam Houston with special activities.  Former Owls volleyball player Casey Roon de Pacheco ’97 serves as Museum Curator.  Read more.

Howard G White '08:
Faster Than the Speed of Light? (New York Times)

Junichiro Kono:
Exposing polarized light (Rice News)

July 22, 2013

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Riki Kobayashi (1924 - 2013):
Riki Kobayashi, Louis Calder Professor Emeritus in Chemical Engineering, has passed away.  A native Texan, he received a BS in Chemical Engineering from Rice in 1944 at the age of 19 and a MSE (1947) and a PhD (1951) from the University of Michigan.  In 1951, he joined the faculty at Rice where “he loved teaching and research”.  In fact, he was described as “one of the century’s most prolific researchers in thermodynamic and transport properties”.  Also, he enjoyed sports.  Click here for the Chronicle obituary.
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