An Unexpected One From the Math Department, 1926

This is the kind of thing that happens when you spend thirty years in the same archive.

One day last week I was rummaging around in a box of images used by the Rice News back in 1999. I smiled when I came upon this one of James Baker, Baker Institute Director Ed Djeregian, and in the middle David Gergen, who served in several presidential administrations and later became a political commentator:

They look to be somewhere inside the Baker Institute building but I have no idea what was happening here and honestly that’s not even what I’m interested in. What I’m interested in is this:

The last guy on the right up on the steps is Gergen’s father, John J. Gergen, Ph.D. ’28. Gergen was a Teaching Fellow when this image was made, working on his doctorate with Griffith Evans, who stands just over Miss Hickey’s left shoulder. If you’re interested, his dissertation is here and here. (Why two? I don’t know but his genealogy shows that he worked with both Evans and Mandelbrojt.) He went on to have a distinguished career, spending almost thirty years as chairman of the Math Department at Duke.

Bonus: Any Occasion.

What could this mean?

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6 Responses to An Unexpected One From the Math Department, 1926

  1. marmer01 says:

    Any Occasion is a party rental company. That was either provided by or stolen from them

  2. Galloway H Hudson, Wiess '60 says:

    Thanks, Melissa. I had no idea that David Gergen’s family had a Rice connection. He was therefore probably not surprised when George Will called Harvard “the Rice of the North”.

  3. harnmarsh says:

    I think it means it’s not just for weddings and funerals. But that may just show that grew up as a Preacher’s Kid.

  4. Where is that picture of the sculpture made of classroom chairs? They are good for “Any “Occasion”.

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