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July 31, 2017

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Harold Waterman (1933-2017):
On June 12, Harold Waterman passed away.  He served in the Navy and earned BA/BS degrees in Electrical Engineering from Rice in 1957.  He was an Electrical Engineer for more than 40 years.  Also, he enjoyed dancing, a family interest.  Click here for the Dallas Morning News obituary.

 

July 30, 2017

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John Boles '65:
On Tuesday, September 12, Dr John Boles will discuss his new book, Jefferson: Architect of American Liberty at the Baker Institute, followed by a book signing.  Read more and/or RSVP here.

Walter Hall Jr (1938-2017):
On July 25, Walter Hall Jr passed away.  A native Houstonian, he earned a BA (1959) and a BS (1962) in Architecture from Rice “before founding the architectural practice he led for fifty years”.  Also, he was a fourth-generation member of the First Presbyterian Church of Houston.   He is survived by, among others, his wife of 52 years, Janet.   Click here for the Chronicle obituary. 

July 29, 2017

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Yizhi Jane Tao:
Rice scientists reel in structure of salmon virus (Rice News)

Jim Powell Jr (1943-2017):
On June 6, Jim Powell Jr passed away.  A native Texan, he earned a BA from Rice in 1965 and a PhD in Organic Chemistry from MIT in 1969 .  He enjoyed a career working for Shell and DuPont.  Also, he was active in the community. He is survived by, among others, his wife of 42 years, Marilyn.  Click here for the obituary. 

Rice History Corner:
Click here for Melissa Kean's latest blog entry entitled "Friday Follies: Extremely Flexible, 1982".

July 28, 2017

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Saturday Dinners:
New Saturday dinners may keep Rice students 'within the hedges' (Chronicle)

Bob Kristensen (1928-2017):
On June 4, Bob Kristensen passed away.  A native Texan, he served in the military in WWII and then earned a BA from Rice in 1949.  After military service in the Korean War, he became ordained in the Methodist ministry.  From 1967-1982, he was in the insurance business and then he returned to the ministry for 18 more years until he retired.  He is predeceased by, among others, his wife of 47 years, Mary.  Click here for the Chronicle obituary. 

Rice History Corner:
Click here for Melissa Kean’s latest blog entry entitled “A Few Band and Football Odds and Ends, 1934”.

July 27, 2017

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Kenton Whitmire:
Triple-layered catalyst does double duty (Rice News)

Jim Fish (1949-2017):
On June 5, Jim Fish passed away.  A native Texan, he earned a BA (1971) and a Masters (1972) from Rice and a PhD from Princeton in 1978, all in Chemical Engineering.  He enjoyed a career in energy research at Sandia National Laboratories and then founded the Anasazi Fields Winery in Placitas with friends.  Also, he was active in the community especially the outdoors and the arts.  Click here for the Albuquerque Journal obituary. 

Rice History Corner:
Click here for Melissa Kean's latest blog entry entitled "Rice Fight Never Dies, c1934".

July 26, 2017

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OpenStax:
Rice pushes digital edge (Houston Chronicle)

Herb Ward:
Books detail Gulf of Mexico before the spill (Rice News)

Rice History Corner:
Click here for Melissa Kean's latest blog entry entitled "Byron's Rose, 1934".

July 25, 2017

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What's in Woodson:
Cheerleading Campaigning, March 1968 (Woodson Research Center)

James Vasek (1968-2017):
On May 29, James Vasek passed away.  A native of the state of Washington, he earned a BA in Physics from Rice in 1991 and a MA in Physics and a MS in Material Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He enjoyed a nearly 23-year career with Motorola, Freescale Semiconductor and NXP in a number of engineering positions.  Also, he competed in marathons and astronomy was a lifelong passion.  He is survived by, among others, his wife of over 21 years, Heather  Click here for the Austin American-Statesman obituary. 

Rice History Corner:
Click here for Melissa Kean's latest blog entry entitled "Throw away anything you don't want".

July 24, 2017

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254 Texas Courthouses:
Leonard Lane '74 has completed the webpage for Wilson County.  You can check it out here.

Edward Dillon (1926-2017):
On May 22, Edward Dillon passed away.  A native of Indiana, he earned a BA and a Masters from the University of Illinois and pursued graduate studies at the University of Michigan and Rice (class of 1966).  After military service in WWII, he enjoyed a career spanning decades in the oil and gas business.  Also, he was active in the community.  He is survived by, among others, his wife Barbara.  Click here for the Midland Reporter-Telegram obituary.

July 23, 2017

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Initiative for Students:
Expanding experiential learning opportunities (Rice News)

SSPEED:
The next big idea in the fight against climate change (Chronicle, Jim Blackburn)

Rebecca Cardiff McGoodwin (1943-2017):
On July 13, Rebecca Cardiff McGoodwin passed away.  Part of a family of rice farmers and ranchers that trace their roots back to the first settlers of Katy, she graduated from Rice in 1966 with a major in biology and a minor in French.  After marrying Michael McGoodwin, MD later in 1966, she resided most of the remainder of her life in Seattle.  A woman of many passions and talents, she “was a highly intelligent, kind, and gracious person who lived an exemplary life".  She is survived by, among others, Mike.  Click here for The Seattle Times obituary.

July 22, 2017

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Jeff Abbott '85:
Jeff Abbott ’85 will sign and discuss his newest stand-alone thriller, Blame, at Murder by the Book today at 4:30 pm.  Click here for a recent Q&A with him in the Chronicle.  

Thomas Haskell:
Former History Department chair dies at age 78 (Rice News)J

Rice History Corner:
Click here for Melissa Kean's latest blog entry entitled "Friday Follies: Tilt, c1970".
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