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September 30, 2011

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William Kelley:
On September  25, William “Bill” Kelley passed away at the age of 71.  A native Houstonian, he received a BA in Economics from Rice in 1962 and a Masters and a PhD in Economics from the University of Maryland in 1969.  At Rice, he played basketball and freshman baseball.  He worked for the Federal Reserve Bank until 1976 and then was employed in the energy business until his retirement in 1988.  He was active in his church.  Click here for the Chronicle obituary.

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 “A Minor Mystery Solved”.

September 29, 2011

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Bill Richardson:
Governor Richardson joins the Baker Institute (Rice News)
Richardson named Rice fellow for Latin America (Houston Chronicle)

Rice Gallery:
Ana Serrano’s ‘Salon of Beauty’ Installation to open today
(Rice News)

Harold Jack Tausend (1917 - 2011):
On September 25, Dr. Jack Tausend  passed away peacefully at his home at the age of 94.  A native of Iowa, he graduated from Rice in 1937 at the age of 19 and from the University of Texas Medical School in Galveston in 1941.  After service in World War II and further medical training in Wisconsin, he returned to Houston and practiced Internal Medicine from 1949 to 1983 and then was a staff physician for Kelsey-Sebold Clinics at the Johnson Space Center from 1983 to 1999. Click here for the Chronicle obituary.

Rice History Corner:
Click here for Melissa Kean’s latest blog entry entitled “Space Science Building, 1965”.

September 28, 2011

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Richard Tapia:
Tapia to receive National Medal of Science (Rice News)
Rice mathematician wins National Medal of Science (Eric Berger)
Richard Tapia by Heather Goyette and Tommy LaVergne (UCLA Spotlight, 3/1/04)

Centennial Story Project:
100 years of memories (Rice News)

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

September 27, 2011

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Jones School:
Princeton Review ranks Jones School no. 9 for entrepreneurship (Rice News)

Jack Tausend:
On Sunday, Dr. Jack Tausend passed away peacefully at his home at the age of 94.  He graduated from Rice in 1937.  Services are planned for Saturday, October 1.  I will post the obituary when available.

Rice History Corner:
Click here for Melissa Kean’s latest blog entry entitled “This is how I cheer myself up”.

September 26, 2011

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Rice MOB (Thanks, Ramsay Elder!):
When the Mob Takes the Field, Stodginess Scatters (New York Times)

Maurice Laufman:
On September 24, Maurice Laufman passed away at the age of 75.  A native Houstonian, he played basketball at San Jacinto High School and attended Rice on a basketball scholarship, graduating in 1957.  He ran the family business (Dave's Food Market and Appliance Center) until 1984.  He was an avid Rice sports fan.  Click here for the Chronicle obituary.

September 25, 2011

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Shepherd School:
The Shepherd School Chamber and Symphony orchestras will kick off their fall seasons October 4 and 6, respectively, with free performances.  Click here for the Rice News story.

Michael Windham (1944 - 2011):
On August 28, Michael Windham passed away.  A native Houstonian, he earned a Ph.D. in Mathematics and Statistics from Rice in 1970.  He was on the faculty of Utah State and the University of South Alabama until he retired in 2007.  Click here for the Chronicle obituary.

254 Texas Courthouses:
Click here for Leonard Lane’s latest blog entry entitled “Hallettsville, Texas revisited”.

September 24, 2011

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Mercene Karkadoulias:
On September 16, Mercene Karkadoulias passed away at the age of 86.  A native of Ohio, she attended Rice.  She dedicated her life not only to creating public art but also to restoring monuments, sculptures and fountains.  She was involved in restoration efforts at Gettysburg National Military Park for 30 years.  Click here for The Cincinnati Enquirer obituary.

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

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

September 23, 2011

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Scientia Lecture Series:
This fall, Scientia presents the lecture series “Rice: A Century of Change”.  The next event, on Tuesday, October 18, is a panel on 100 years of Social Science at Rice and the next 100 years.  Click here for more information.

Edward Oppenheimer (1914 - 2011):
On September 19, Edward "Ed" Oppenheimer passed away at the age of 96.  A native Texan, he graduated from Rice in 1935.  After working for Weingarten Grocery Stores and serving in the military during WWII, he enjoyed a 40-year career with Binswanger Glass.  He was very active in religious, charitable and service organizations including Rotary, SCORE and the Rice Alumni Association.  Click here for the Chronicle obituary.

Rice History Corner:
Click here for Melissa Kean’s latest blog entry entitled “A Pyramid-shaped Blob”.

September 22, 2011

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Robert Autrey (1932 - 2011):
On September 4, Robert Autrey passed away at the age of 79.  Raised in Gal-veston and Houston, he attended Rice and earned a bachelor's degree from Reed College in 1953 and a doctorate in organic chemistry from Harvard in 1957.  He was a scientist and a noted collector of early acoustical recordings.  Click here for The Oregonian obituary.

"They're So Cute!"
Sammy the Owl has some competition on campus (YouTube)

Rice History Corner:
Click here for Melissa Kean’s latest blog entry entitled “A Surprise Letter”.

September 21, 2011

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George Hirasaki:
Rice wins grant to develop CO2 capture technology (Rice News)

Centenni-Ale:
Valhalla to debut commemorative bottles September 23
(Rice News)

Rice History Corner:
Click here for Melissa Kean’s latest blog entry entitled “View from the Top of the Stadium”.
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