Poking around in my laptop I came across this image taken sometime in the late 1960s or early 1970s by Bob Roosth ’70 ’71, who was a photographer for the Thresher and the Campanile. I have no idea who any of these people are but I was enjoying the fashion (especially that sweet shift dress on the young woman in the middle) when I realized that I don’t know where they are. I can’t recall what sidewalk would have had that kind of landscaping alongside.
Bonus: Another question. Why is that railing there? There isn’t one in front of any of the other Maxfield Hall basement windows.
Is that Virgins Walk?
Maybe. I hadn’t thought of that. I guess I’ll go pull out the aerials!
The young woman in the middle looks a little bit like Jan West. I believe she is class of 1973.
I immediately thought of Jan also
The rail is there to keep the bowling balls out.
Do any of the other windows above have that small balcony? Perhaps the railing is there to keep distracted folks from running into the balcony. Or, it’s a place to clean the mud off of your boots!
The woman on the right looks like Mary Margaret (Peggy) Pack. She graduated in 1974 and later worked for several years in the Woodson Research Center. I’ll ask her! Looks like Jan in the center and the
and the man is Derek Lewis, I think.
Peggy Pack confirms that IS her and Jan and Derek.
Great to know. I was in the same graduation class as Jan. My daughter works with her now.
That is me bringing up the rear and I’m pretty sure that would have been early 1970 (maybe even O Week) when I was probably in a permanent state of confusion, as I appear here. It sure looks like Jan West, who was an advisor on 7th floor Brown where I lived. Can’t be sure, but I believe that is Derek Lewis (Baker, ’74) leading the parade.
Bryan Domning is right, I did work at the Woodson beginning in the summer just prior to matriculating in 1970, continuing through my graduation in 1974.
Hey Peggy, good hear from you and see you in your blooming year at Rice. Dave
The balcony is at a height well below head height. The rail is there to keep people from trying to walk under the balcony.
The background reminds me of the sidewalk along Rice Boulevard behind Central Kitchen or Physical Plant before the sidewalk was replaced by a more exercise-friendly surface.
The rail is to keep people away from the steam that came from boilers under the window.
The photo is in front of Baker College looking up sidewalk towards Cohen House.
Might be the walk along the old Tennis court, from the parking lot towards Jones. Crepe myrtles in foreground, live oaks in the distance. As you know, some of those crepe myrtles were moved to fill holes in the wall of crepe myrtles over behind Cohen House.
If I took the photo, it would have been between fall ’67 and spring ’71. I have a vague memory of giving you the picture but no memory of taking it.