Another Day, Another Lecture Announcement from the History Department

They are very busy over there. (By the way, if you’re in another department and would like me to investigate the stories behind your lecture series, etc., just put me on your email list. No promises, but you never know.)

Today’s announcement also looks good, but this time I’m more interested in the location than the title of the lecture series:

Jacobs Flier copy

I just happen to have the brochure that accompanied the opening of the Kyle Morrow Room with me here at the beach. (I rarely go anywhere without it.)

Kyle Morrow Brochure 1

Kyle Morrow brochure 2

And of course a couple of photos from the opening:

Kyle Morrow dedication 2

Kyle Morrow dedication 3

The only person I recognize is Mrs. Hackerman, seated on the sofa at left in the first picture but I’m struggling to see these clearly in the glare of so much sun.

There’s probably an article about this somewhere in the Thresher, but that’s more than I can manage from here.

Bonus: Keeping up with my scholarly reading.


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9 Responses to Another Day, Another Lecture Announcement from the History Department

  1. David M. Bynog says:

    I was going to ask you to write a post about Robert Joy, the painter of the portrait of Kyle Morrow, but managed to locate a wonderful book on him by Ann Holmes titled Joy Unconfined. In case you have not looked at the book, you would probably enjoy it, particularly Joy’s comments about his clients. I assume that there are many portraits by Joy other than Kyle Morrow floating around campus (including portraits of Hackerman, Pitzer, and Vandiver, at least, but there is also a really nice portrait of George R. Brown that I wonder if we own).

  2. Jlang says:

    rat, no beach badger

    Sent from my iPhone


  3. almadenmike says:

    Here’s the caption to the photo of the threesome standing in front of Joy’s portrait: “Left to right: Mr. and Mrs. Gordon R. West, and André Bourgeois in the Kyle Morrow Memorial Room.
    In background, portrait of Kyle Morrow, painted by Robert Joy.” This was published in the Summer 2005 issue of the Rice Historical Society’s Cornerstone: “The Legacy of Kyle Morrow” (pp 7-9) by Lynda Crist. (

    Mrs. West is Kyle’s sister, Josephine.

  4. almadenmike says:

    The renovated Fondren Library Lecture Lounge was dedicated as the Kyle Morrow Memorial Room on September 9, 1973. Another profile of Morrow appeared in the October 1973 issue of the Friends of Fondren’s publication, “The Flyleaf” (Vol 23, No. 3, pp 3-5) ( It also included a centerfold photo on pp 16-17.

  5. Leslie LeMaster Jensen says:

    I am seeing a beachy theme in your out-of-the-office photos.

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