Joseph Davies, 50 Years Apart

Last week I was very kindly given a packet of photos that emerged from some cranny over in Biology. They’re all pretty interesting, although a bit of a hodgepodge across time and space. (One side note: I never would have thought there could be so many pictures of Ron Sass! I might do a post some day on the evolution of his hair styles.)

I think the best image I found is this group photo of the Biology faculty taken for the 1966 Campanile:

Biology faculty 1966

I was immediately struck by the presence of Joseph Davies, sitting at the left front, and began thinking about when he first turned up in a Campanile. The answer is that he appeared with the rest of the Biology faculty and some students in the very first one, produced in 1916:

Biology Club 1916

That’s him, again seated at the left front.

I turned to the 1966 yearbook to learn the names of some of the other faculty in the top picture and I was moved to discover that the students had dedicated it to his memory after he died just at the end of his last school year:

JI Davies 1966 campanile

JI Davies 1966 campanile 1


Bonus: I saw this in Portland. I’d never seen one before.


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12 Responses to Joseph Davies, 50 Years Apart

  1. Leoguy says:

    It’s a Subaru. I’ve seen a few in Houston before. I can’t believe you’ve never seen one before…

  2. says:

    Dear Melissa, Thanks once again for your interesting research. Dr Davies was one of my really good experiences at Rice. I still recall his tossing a big frog at me to catch and dissect. He was a wonderful teacher and the kind of professor that still represents the best of Rice. Many thanks, Bill

    Sent from my iPad

  3. Bonus: You have, no doubt, heard of the University of Houston, though.

  4. Barney L. McCoy says:

    While I was a Poli-sci major, my first love was biology. In the 66 Campanile photo are four of the people for whom I worked in the Bio dept. In the back, with the wavy white hair, is Dr. Talmadge, whose focus was on the parathyroid. My freshman and sophomore years,every Sat morning in his research lab, I washed a weeks worth of test tubes and helped his post-doctoral assistants do things like humanely kill rats or run gas chromatographs. Junior year Dr. Davies invited me to be a lab instructor for Bio 100 (I have posted numerous comments about Dr. Davies). That Lab was run by Mrs. Hake, the lady in the right forefront. After Davies died, the freshman biology course was taken over by Dept. Chair Dr. Clarke Read, the mustachioed man in front. A person missing from the picture, and who should be included, is Willie, a tall, slender, middle-aged black man who was departmental staff and who knew the location of absolutely everything you might ever want or need in the lab.
    Barney L. McCoy, Hanszen 67

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