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August 31, 2011

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Edward C Holt:
On August 28, Edward C Holt, professor emeritus of civil engineering, passed away at the age of 87.  He was a member of the Civil Engineering Department from 1956 through 1993 and was a faculty associate of Sid Richardson College for at least 15 years.  His memorial service will be 2 pm on September 13 at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 5315 Main.

Rice History Corner:
Click here for Melissa Kean’s latest blog entry entitled “The 1939 Rice Owl Poll, plus some surprising titillation”.

August 30, 2011

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Rice Dining:
Video: New dining options at the Rice Student Center (Rice News)

George Porter:
On August 26, George Porter passed away at the age of 83.  A native Houstonian, he graduated from Rice in 1950 with a BS in Chemical Engineering.  Following military service in the Korean War, he had a successful career in chemical sales.  He greatly enjoyed time with his family, doing the New York Times crossword puzzle, reading and discussing local politics.  Click here for the Augusta GA Chronicle obituary.

Rice History Corner:
Click here for Melissa Kean’s latest blog entry entitled “A funny little snapshot of campus life, circa 1939”.

August 29, 2011

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Office of Alumni Affairs:
Ann Peterson
'86 is stepping down as executive director, Alumni Affairs and University Events to spend more time with her family.  She will continue to work in the Office of Resource Developmetn, where she will serve as executive dirctor of engagement effectiveness.  Best of luck to Ann!

Until Ann is replaced, Karen George '77 will serve as interim executive dirctor and Karen Rubinsky as inteim chief operating officer and will handle day-to-day management of the office.

Click here for the Rice release.

Charles Rex Adams (1930 - 2011):
On August 24, Charles Rex Adams passed away at the age of 80.  A native Texan, he graduated from high school at 15 and earned degrees from North Texas State Teacher's College (BA) and Rice (MA '52 and PhD '54, both Chemistry).  He spent his business career with Shell, where he eanred several professional awards.  He was a life-long avid bird hunter and outdoorsman.  Click here for the Chronicle obituary.

254 Texas Courthouses:
Click here for Leonard Lane’s latest blog entry entitled “TXDOT photograph of courthouses”.

August 28, 2011

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Dan Friedkin '92:
Friedkin named TX Parks and Wildlife Commission chair (West University Examiner)

August 27, 2011

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Shepherd School:
Acclaimed organist Kenneth Cowan to join Shepherd faculty (Rice News)

Welcome Back Concert:
Video: Three 6 Mafia perform at Tudor Fieldhouse
(Rice News)

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

August 26, 2011

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Leonard Lane '74:
Earlier this month, architect Leonard Lane launched a website to document his travels, his photographs and his impressions of all 254 Texas courthouses.  As of August 22, he has visited 114 counties.  His website is spectacular, please be sure to check it out here!

Bun B:
Bun B Unconventional Wisdom (Exclaim)

The Rice Thresher:
The Rice Thresher published today.  You can check it out here.

Rice History Corner:
Click here for Melissa Kean’s latest blog entry entitled “Again with the ironwork, plus Norman Hackerman with a spring in his step”.

August 25, 2011

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The 100th Class:
Rice welcomes a significant batch of freshmen (Houston Chronicle)

Rice NASAversary:
Rice-made memory chips lost in cargo launch failure (Rice News)

Donald Hauge:
Nano bundles pack a powerful punch (Rice News)

Crime on Campus:
RUPD’s new captain offers safety tips
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August 24, 2011

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Top 100:
Rice among world’s top 100 universities in 2011 (Rice News)

William Ward Jones (1925 - 2011):
On August 19, William Ward Jones passed away at the age of 85.  A native Texan, he graduated from Rice in 1945 with a degree in electrical engineering at the age of 19.  After military service, he worked for Humble Oil and then formed his own company H&J Electric.  He was a lifelong learner, a great gardener and he loved Galveston Bay.  Click here for the Chronicle obituary.

Rice History Corner:
Click here for Melissa Kean’s latest blog entry entitled “Trophy Case, Part II”.

August 23, 2011

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James Robert Thomson (1938 - 2011):
On August 5, James Robert ("Jim") Thomson passed away.  A native of Illinois, he obtained a BA in electrical engineering from Rice in 1960 and a MBA from Harvard in 1963.  He was in the real estate management and consulting business until he retired in 2009.  He loved to travel and to study languages.  Click here the The Arizona Republic obituary.

The Rice Thresher:
The Rice Thresher published on Sunday.  You can check it out here.

Rice History Corner:
Click here for Melissa Kean’s latest blog entry entitled “Trophy Case”.

August 22, 2011

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Mark Robert Willcott III (1933 - 2011):
On July 27, Mark Robert “Bob” Willcott III passed away.  He graduated from Rice with a BA in Chemistry in 1955 and then earned a MS and PhD from Yale.  He served on the faculty of UH, Rice and Vanderbilt, among others.  Click here for the Chronicle obituary.
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