For a few moments I couldn’t read this properly:
Of course I knew who they were. Left to right that’s Physics professor H.A. Wilson, Trustee J.T. Scott, the baccalaureate speaker, Reverend (hmmm, can’t remember his name but I do recall that he was a Canadian. That’s probably all we need to know.), Dr. Lovett, the commencement speaker, George Vincent (Rockefeller Foundation), then Will Rice, Captain Baker, A.S. Cleveland, Robert Blaffer, and Benjamin Botts Rice, all members of the board
What I didn’t get right away was where they were. It’s obviously Rice but somewhere we don’t really see anymore. But one of the things I’ve learned in the archives is that the answer you’re looking for is sometimes right next to the thing that raised the question in the first place. That turned out to be just so. Here’s the next image:
They’re processing away from the Administration Building. Are they finished?
Nope. They robed in the Administration Building and now they’re headed over to the front side of the Chemistry Building, where commencement ceremonies were held for many years:
(That’s Tony’s rose garden in the background, by the way.)
This then puts the gentleman in the first picture in the infrequently photographed space between the cloister that runs along Chem Lecture Hall and the laboratory on the left on this drawing:
Bonus: If you’re coming to campus for Homecoming this is not to be missed. I’m not even kidding about that.
You can rsvp at this link.
They have special beer glasses too.
Maybe I can make that concert.
Going to Saturday’s Trout Fishing in America concert (Wheatfield – 2) at UHCL in the meantime.
I know Keith Grimwood from when he hung around with my late wife’s sister, Susan Getto. I think Keith was with the Houston Symphony for a while. Somewhere in a forgotten corner I have a copy of their first album.
Many articles about Keith Grimwood mention that he played string bass in the Houston Symphony 1974-76 and joined Wheatfield when the symphony was on strike. Most comprehensive is this oral history interview by Rice archivist and Houston Folk Music Archives creator Norie Guthrie https://scholarship.rice.edu/bitstream/handle/1911/101514/wrc08778.pdf.