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Rice Magazine| The Magazine of Rice University | No. 3 | 2009



Defining and Realizing Vision
An early and abiding image of Rice University is a photograph of our first president, Edgar Odell Lovett, articulating his vision for the university before an international audience of scientists, scholars and dignitaries at Rice’s opening ceremony on Oct. 12, 1912.


Unique Leadership for a Unique Time
The chairman of the Rice Board of Trustees, Jim Crownover ’65, reflects on his past and the university that has played such a large role in his life.


Herding Words
Born in 1936 in Wichita Falls, Texas, and raised outside Archer City, Larry McMurtry began his literary journey when he was 6 years old. He was living on a cattle ranch deprived of books, but one day a cousin dropped off a box of 19 adventure books.

Super Sleuth
For a woman with five degrees, a quick sense of humor and a limitless supply of fearless curiosity, it takes surprisingly little to bring Melissa Kean to her knees. A modern-day Nancy Drew, Rice’s centennial historian Melissa Kean experiences both thrills and chills in her fearless hunt for Rice history.
The Countdown Begins

The event is three years away, but Rice University is already deep into preparations for its 100th anniversary, which will include reflection on the achievements of its first century and anticipation for the century to come.


Taking Care of Business
Brent Smith paused in the doorway of his office in Janice and Robert McNair Hall to survey a beloved stomping ground: the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business. “It’s not a position I would have accepted anywhere but Rice,” he said. “It was a unique proposition.”
Literary Gold
A lot of people dream about finding buried treasure. Most don’t succeed, but occasionally, a rare individual actually does make a discovery worth noting. You can add Rice’s own Logan Browning to that list. Browning has uncovered a previously unpublished story by Walker Percy, the award-winning Southern writer best known for his philosophical novels set in and around New Orleans.