Seventy-five Rice University donors have been named members of the Legacy Society – an honor recognizing cumulative gifts of at least $4.6 million, which was the value of the estate William Marsh Rice dedicated in his bequest to establish the Rice Institute.
From Rice’s gift to establish an institution of higher education in Houston emerged the vision for an international research university that placed “no upper limit” on its educational endeavors. During the university’s first century, gifts that matched or exceeded $4.6 million have helped advance that vision.
The inauguration of the Legacy Society took place Sept. 19 during a reception at Brochstein Pavilion.
“So many of the folks in this room have literally carried on the legacy of William Marsh Rice,” President David Leebron told the honorees.
He said that if Rice and Edgar Odell Lovett, the university’s first president, could come back and visit the campus, sit in the classroom and interact with students, they would be amazed at what their university had become.
“But I think one of the things they would be most amazed at is that what they had done had inspired so many others to make a contribution in that same amount that William Marsh Rice had,” Leebron said.
The names of the Legacy Society members, along with the name of Rice’s founder, are inscribed on the Legacy Plinth, an elegant limestone monument encircling the bronze owl sculpture by artist Geoffrey Dashwood in the Milus E. Hindman Garden.
Legacy Society members (along with William Marsh Rice)
*Helen D. & *Herbert Allen
Keith T. Anderson
Laura and John Arnold Foundation
*Lynette S. & *Herbert S. Autrey
Milton & Laurie Boniuk
Suzanne Deal Booth & David G. Booth
Raymond & Susan Brochstein
A. Eugene Brockman Charitable Trust
The Brown Foundation Inc.
*W. Edwin Bryan Jr. & H. Russell Pitman
*Lorain S. & E. Dell Butcher
The Gordon and Mary Cain Foundation
Nancy & Clint Carlson
Nancy & Bob Carney
Ting Tsung & Wei Fong Chao and Family
*John L. & Maurine Cox
*Dominique S. & *John M. de Menil
Ann & John Doerr
Anne & Charles W. Duncan Jr.
Elizabeth & Bruce Dunlevie
John S. Dunn Foundation
Barbara & David Gibbs
Susanne M. & Melbern G. Glasscock
*Annette & *Hugh E. Gragg
J.H. Harvey Trust
Kevin & Catherine Harvey
*Marjory M. & *Karl F. Hasselmann
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
*Milus E. Hindman & *Mason Matthews Jr.
Hobby Family Foundation
*Naomi G. & *Edward L. Holloway
Carl E. Isgren
Betty & *Henry A. Jackson
*Lee & Joe Jamail
W.M. Keck Foundation
*Hermena H. & *Edward A. Kelly
Nancy & Rich Kinder
Robert A. Klein
Audrey Moody Ley & *Wendel Duer Ley
Karen & Walter Loewenstern Jr.
Marian & Speros P. Martel Foundation
Katherine & Robert Maxfield
Janice & Robert C. McNair
Deedee & Burt McMurtry
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
The Moody Foundation
Nancy & Lucian Morrison
*Gregory K. Norris
Ralph S. O’Connor
Barbara D. & *M. Kenneth Oshman
Isla & T.R. Reckling III
*William Marsh Rice
Sid W. Richardson Foundation
*Carl A. Robertus Jr.
*Max F. Roy
Fayez Shalaby Sarofim
Shell Oil Company
Bill & Stephanie Sick
The Virginia & L.E. Simmons Family Foundation
*Harriet M. Stewart
Texas Instruments Inc.
Phoebe & Bobby Tudor
James S. Turley
The Welch Foundation
The Whitaker Foundation
The Families of Harry C. Wiess & James A. Elkins Jr.
Stephen A. Zeff