This isn’t what I had planned to write about today but as I read this knew I wasn’t going to be able to talk about anything else right now. It’s a tribute written by Dr. Lovett in honor of George Perkins, the Rice Institute’s head janitor, at his death in 1944:
People sometimes read Lovett as chilly, and no doubt he could be, but there’s also a good deal of evidence of warmth, compassion and loyalty. His respect for George Perkins could hardly be clearer. Mr. Perkins sounds like a fine man. I expect he’d be proud to be associated with today’s campus custodial staff, who do such a fine, professional job of caring for Rice’s buildings. They are sometimes little noticed and little thanked but their work makes ours possible.
Bonus: It caught my eye because it looks like a lollipop.