I’ve mentioned Gilbert Hermance before, in connection with the epic cracks in the old fieldhouse. Here’s a really nice photo of him taken somewhat later, after the construction of the new gym in 1950. Hermance, who retired in 1972, had a very long (42 years) career in Physical Education at Rice and he seems to have been a genuinely kind and friendly man who served as a mentor to generations of students. I know him best from my research into the history of athletics for women–he was an early supporter and tried to begin intramural competition a couple of times before it finally caught on.
My best guess–based on the dates that I can see on the publications behind him–is that this was taken in the mid 50s. I think it must be in the new gym but it’s hard to be sure. But just take a minute to look at those publications! They’re all over the place.
Bonus: As I mentioned, I’m on vacation. This is what I see out my door.
I’m finding it difficult to concentrate (or even think at all) so the rest of this week I’ll just put up some cool pictures and more or less let them speak for themselves.