Brown College Scrapbooks and An Old Friend

I came in today to a glorious surprise:


Thanks to the efforts of my colleague, Norie, a couple of generations worth of Brown College coordinators and an untold number of students, we have received safely into our care a large number of Brown scrapbooks. They’re all good but a handful are really stunning–not merely labeled but actually annotated, with explanations that are understandable to an outsider forty years later. My head is swimming from all the new information and it’s going to be a while before I can integrate it into my mental picture of Rice.

In the meantime, there’s this. Kids in a dorm, goofing around with a bunch of stuffed animals in 1977:
Brown Patti 1977
Brown Patti with snoopy 1977

Of all the pictures in all these scrapbooks, these are the ones that jumped out at me. That’s because the goofball with Snoopy on her hat is my dear friend from the graduate program in Southern History here at Rice. She was Patti Bellis in these photos; now Dr. Patricia Bellis Bixel, Professor of History and Associate Academic Dean at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, Maine. She’s a fine historian and a really wonderful writer, mostly on topics in the history of Galveston and southern maritime history as well as on historical southern photography. I suspect some of you would be quite interested in her work. Take a look.

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9 Responses to Brown College Scrapbooks and An Old Friend

  1. Alison Whittemore, Brown '78 says:

    That’s Sharilyn Stanley in the middle and Betsey Calender on the right. I used to know the guys names….. Lee Hochberg on the far right?

  2. James Medford says:

    I wonder if you’ll run into anything in those scrapbooks regarding Ken Kesey’s appearance at Brown in 1967 when his friend Larry McMurtry was a faculty associate at the college.

  3. grungy1973 says:

    Lee Hochberg on the right.

    • Deborah Gronke Bennett (BSEE Hanszen '82) says:

      Definitely Lee Hochberg. He has been a correspondent for the PBS News Hour program since 1984, based in Seattle. His brother Adam (not a Rice grad) is an NPR correspondent based out of North Carolina. And their brother Scott (MSEE 1982) served in the Texas State Legislator until recently. (And is a dear friend) There is one other brother, Jeff, who I don’t know.

  4. Deborah Gronke Bennett (BSEE Hanszen '82) says:

    Scott Hochberg tells me the man on the left is Bill Neff, who was Lee’s roommate. Betsy was dating Lee. The other woman is Patti. Bill and Patti later married, but are no longer a couple.

  5. Sharilyn Stanley says:

    Yep, that’s me (Sharilyn Stanley) in the Stanley Airport (no relation) hat. I later became President of Brown my senior year, and am now in Austin Texas as an MD working for Poison Control. Jeff Hochberg was younger than Lee, Scott the oldest, and did attend Rice—don’t know if/when he graduated.

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