A Visit to Sid Rich, August 1970

One day in the late summer of 1970 the Sid Richardson Foundation sent a representative down to Rice to have a look at the progress of construction on the new dormitory that they had helped fund. A photographer came along on the visit. The first few pictures he took focused on the building, like so:

But very soon his attention turned to the foundation representative herself, an uncommonly graceful and attractive woman. In the end, it turns out that there are a dozen pictures of her looking at the building but precious few of the building itself.


She had lunch at Lovett College while she was here:

I believe her name was Elizabeth Ledyard and if her obituary in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram is any indication she was also an accomplished and lovely person besides being beautiful. I’m glad to have had the chance to meet her and I send my thanks out to the nameless photographer.


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8 Responses to A Visit to Sid Rich, August 1970

  1. marmer01 says:

    Interesting (or should I say “Fascinating.”) Captain Kirk in 20th century garb seems to be standing next to her pointing something out.

  2. Melissa Crowfoot Keane (Jones '72) says:

    I am startled to see her wearing white gloves! I thought we were long through with white gloves by 1970. And that’s Dr. Robert Curl on the far left in the lunch scene (at Lovett College, perhaps?)

  3. Melissa Crowfoot Keane (Jones '72) says:

    oops, now I see you already ID’d Lovett College …

  4. The gentleman on the right is the late Ben Brewer, a prominent Houston architect, Rice alum, and former Rally Club member.

  5. William Deigaard says:

    Melissa, I’m starting to get really nervous that you are going to post an OLD picture of something at Wiess College with a date around the late eighties when I was there. I’m worried I’ll panic and feel old and not nostalgic.

  6. Pat Martin says:

    I believe that’s both Bob and Jonel Curl at the lunch table. They would have been masters of Lovett College at the time.

  7. Carolyn Brewer says:

    Fun to see my late husband Ben Brewer in these photos.

  8. mattnoall says:

    In the second picture is J Venn Leeds on the left in the glasses I believe, first master of Sid Rich

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