Exit, 2023

The renovation of the academic quad has begun and the statue of Mr. Rice has been removed and put in storage until it is placed near the corner of Lovett and Sewall when the installation of the new landscaping is complete:

It’s easy to forget that it wasn’t always there.



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14 Responses to Exit, 2023

  1. Gerald Mixon says:

    So, what you are saying is they are going to put Willie in the corner?
    Sounds like a line from a movie😂

  2. Mike says:

    Yet the inappropriate Italian Cypress tress were always part of the original quad design?

  3. Galloway H Hudson, Wiess '60 says:

    And a very bad movie, I’d say.

  4. Barb says:

    What year did it go into the center?

  5. Mike says:

    The June 2021 “On the Founder’s Memorial” update by the University’s “Task Force on
    Slavery, Segregation, and Racial Injustice” gives a very detailed (> 30 pages) history of Willy’s statue:


  6. Mike Schwartz says:

    I like the monochrome picture of (what is now “part” of) the Rice campus … showing the Sallyport (aka Lovett Hall) and [what used to be called] the Physics building. It includes some dorm buildings in the background … which iirc are now the “old dorm” parts of what are now Baker and Will Rice.

    If the print (and/or the negative) of that picture happens to come with some “date” information (or, at least, the year…) about when it was “snapped” … then the sizes and [hence] the ages of some of the trees which were sorta saplings at that time, might not have to be replied upon as the only source of information about the age or the ‘provenance’ of that photo.

    On the other hand, in the absence of such written records, the ages of some of those trees, might be very interesting … at least, to an expert. (along with, perhaps, some knowledge about when — if ever — some re-planting of trees occurred, on campus … especially if it was before we were around.

  7. Jack says:

    A sad day.

  8. Nancy Moore Eubank 1955 says:

    No, it is not easy to forget!

  9. Deborah Bennett BSEE Hanszen 1982 says:

    When was that picture of Sid Rich taken? Because everything above ground level has now been torn down.

  10. Are there any living alumni who remember when Willy wasn’t there?

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