Over the past few weeks we’ve been fortunate to receive an extraordinary collection of Rice memorabilia from the family of George Miner, ’50. There are a wide range of materials– everything from photographs (Claude Bracey at Soldier Field was among them) to his letter sweater to class notes, including a meticulous notebook of campus drawings made as part of a surveying class.
Mr. Miner was a deeply devoted alumnus, determined to repay the school that he believed made his success possible. He was a loyal supporter of the Owls, and, as president of Miner-Dederick Construction, a major contributor to the evolution of his beloved Rice. Rather than try to relate it all I’ll post the Memorial Resolution passed by the Board of Trustees after his death in 2002:
If anything, this somewhat understates the matter–the list of Rice buildings that Miner-Dederick had a hand in is quite long and his support of Rice athletics was generous and unflagging even in the worst times. Here he is receiving the Distinguished Owl Club award in 1986:
We are very grateful to the Miner family for this gift. You’ll be seeing more of it as I work my way through.
Here’s what part of it looks like:
Bonus: This plaque is part of the collection. It turns out that we have two more just like it in the Woodson. But no one seems to know what they are or why they were given. We’re speculating that they might have something to do either with athletics or engineering. Any thoughts?