My eye was caught a little while ago by this interesting and startlingly modern depiction of William Marsh Rice, Jr. in the 1927 Campanile:
Just as interesting was the dedication of the Campanile to him that year:
Two things jump out here. First, an error. Will Rice wasn’t William Marsh Rice’s grandnephew but rather his nephew, the son of WMR’s brother Frederick. I assume that his general good humor meant that he laughed this off.
Second, I’m struck by the singling out of his donation of the trophy case. As I think about it, that must have been a very important moment in the life of the new university. Now, on the centennial of that donation, the Woodson uses the case for exhibits:
It’s a beautiful thing but it’s getting increasingly fragile and could really use some loving attention.
Bonus: A friend sends this photo of what are likely some of yesterday’s chairs in more recent use.