Author Archives: Melissa Kean

Friday Afternoon Follies: Cocktail Hour

“What Would Margaret Think??” You’ve got to squint a little to see it , but that’s the question up on the wall at this Brown College party, sometime during the 1986-87 school year: Judging from the only photo of Margaret … Continue reading

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Thank You, William Ward Watkin!

I had a very big day today. I’m working on a project about the earliest history of the campus, which means we’re back in the pictures that supervising architect William Ward Watkin took to document the construction of the first … Continue reading

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A.B.C.

That’s how Arthur Benjamin Cohn signed everything. I’ve mentioned him several times before, always in passing and always in connection with some odd thing that turned up in his papers, but he deserves more respectful treatment. As Rice’s first (and … Continue reading

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The Overall Fad, 1920

I was out of town at the end of last week and when I got back I discovered that the Woodson had acquired a new scrapbook. For reasons that are too dull to go into I  don’t know right this … Continue reading

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Where The Heck Is This?? (With Musicians)

One of my colleagues was recently working with some Campanile photos from the 1980s. I had a couple of good laughs (category: facial hair) but then was stopped in my tracks by two shots of the Shepherd School faculty. The … Continue reading

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Friday Afternoon Follies: Out of Order?

I found this (undated, of course) buried amidst the massive amount of material that came over from the RMC recently. Are they trying to tell us that the elevator is broken?   There’s another one. This one makes me suspect … Continue reading

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Father William Harmless, SJ, 1953-2014

My friend Bill Harmless (Baker, ’75) died suddenly the other night. He was a remarkable person, relentlessly curious, engaged and engaging. After graduating from Rice with a degree in English he joined the Peace Corps, then the Jesuits. I first … Continue reading

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