Monthly Archives: June 2016

The Birth of Abercrombie

Construction started sixty-nine years ago. This building has seen some very hard use. It might be nearing time to put it out of its misery. July 1, 1947: July 1, 1948: And here’s one that’s interesting for another reason: I’m … Continue reading

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David Hellums, 1929-2016

I was saddened to learn yesterday of the death of David Hellums. As an engineering professor, as dean, and as a citizen of the university David served Rice well and for many years. He arrived here in 1960 as an … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Steven!

We’re having a bit of a roller coaster this month. My daughter had a baby yesterday, her third, our first grandson. He surprised us all by arriving early but everyone is doing well. I’m on duty at home today with … Continue reading

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Friday Follies: As Long as There’s a Primrose Path . . .

Undated, I believe on a door in Wiess: Bonus: New wires holding up the Italian cypresses! These ones here, along Sewall, are actually in pretty good shape. I’m going out on a limb and predicting that the ones by Rayzor … Continue reading

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The Brain Trust, 1917

Oh, those zany architects! Unlike the jokes in the Thresher, this is actually funny. The high-spirited, almost goofy tone is characteristic of Rice in the early decades. What caught my eye was something small–the play was presented in “The Blue-drawing … Continue reading

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William Goyen, ’39: “my God isn’t it wonderful the war is over.”

In the papers of long-time Rice English professor George Williams appears a letter from a young man once his student, then his friend, William Goyen. It’s a remarkable letter on its own, urgent, written aboard the USS Casablanca at the … Continue reading

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The Palms Behind the Physics Amphitheater, circa 1933

I’ve been sitting around this afternoon looking at some images I scanned and then forgot about over the last year and I was quite taken with these two by Rice Accounting professor Verne Simons. No wonder I scanned them! They’re … Continue reading

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