1940s During the 1940s, Rice begins an expansion built on its science and engineering prowess, nurtured by federal grants in the post-World War II era. The institute’s financial footing … Read More
” I knew that when my sister went to Rice, it was the beginning of something big,” said Susan Williams Patterson ’77. Her late older sister, Linda Faye Williams … Read More
The early 1960s was a heady time for kids like Ted Henderson ’70. Space Age competition between the Soviet Union and the United States was in full swing, with … Read More
Jackie McCauley was an academic star — the first black student in Texas to be named a National Merit Scholar — and some of the country’s most prestigious colleges … Read More
Charles Freeman’s quest to be different often got him into trouble. But his constant search for an identity pushed him beyond the racial tensions of the 1960s and to … Read More
Many aspects of the founding of the William Marsh Rice Institute in 1912 inspired wonder, respect and optimism. Its visionary young president, Edgar Odell Lovett, courted scholars from around … Read More
1960 In order to bring Rice’s name in line with its identity as a broader educational institution, the Rice Institute changes its name to Rice University.
1960 President … Read More
The following timeline and oral histories explore the steps that led up to Rice’s desegregation and feature the voices of black alumni who lived that experience.
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