There was a lovely farewell this afternoon over in Duncan Hall for the Pfeiffers. Paul, of course, has been at Rice for a while. He arrived on campus in 1934 and seemed to like it here. In any event, he stayed for a couple of years of graduate school and then came back to teach in 1947. I could write a very long post about him but it’s probably more sensible to direct you to the fine piece written by my friend Patrick Kurp for this occasion. I would only add that Dr. Pfeiffer brought more than teaching and intellectual skills to Rice. Through all these years he has been admired as a stalwart, wise and caring man and has earned the trust and respect of generations of students and colleagues. I cannot imagine a finer legacy.
The party was very nice, festive and well attended. I saw firsthand the care with which the staff of CAAM put it all together. I was happy to see so many people I know and I really enjoyed meeting the Pfeiffer’s daughters and sons-in-law. There were a couple of nice speeches and then cake!
What are these partygoers looking at up there?
Some glorious photographs courtesy of the Pfeiffer family. Here are a couple of them: