Here’s one that just straight blew my mind. George R. Brown was one of the most pivotal figures in the development of the modern Rice University and a dominating presence on the Rice board for over twenty five years. His name is all over campus, from the School of Engineering to the tennis center that was recently built over by the football stadium. The idea that someone once needed to write a letter recommending him as a candidate for trustee had simply never occurred to me, but even George Brown didn’t start out as George Brown:
The writer, of course, was his freshman year roommate, Congressman Albert Thomas, and he was correct about all of it.
(Yes, I neglected to scan the second page. All that’s there is the closing and I was in a hurry. Sorry!)
Bonus: Albert Thomas as an upperclassman instructing a new freshman in campus tradition, c1920. His good judgment may have taken a while to develop.