Back in the day before widespread air-conditioning, most of the Rice faculty would flee Houston every summer for more temperate climates. From today’s vantage point these long trips, which mixed work and pleasure, look almost impossibly relaxing and pleasant. Here is long serving mathematics professor Hubert Bray, ’16, the first recipient of a Rice Ph.D., with his family at their cabin in Colorado. I think the picture would have been taken in the early to mid-1930s, right around the time Bray became head of the math department:
One of those young ladies, I think the one on the far left, married Alan Chapman, who taught Mechanical Engineering here for 62 years. Here they are at their wedding reception at Cohen House.
Bonus: This is all by way of telling you that I’m on vacation myself, although in Wyoming rather than Colorado, and posting may be spotty for a few days. Yesterday we saw a moose and a baby moose.