The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 87, July 1983 - April, 1984

Book 'Reviews

Emory D. Bellard, and Tom Wilson take up more space than the
Twelfth Man, the Aggie bonfire, Reveille, BEVO, the Tower illumi-
nation, the burnt orange controversy, and the Austin jinx, it must be
membered that it is because the regents of Texas A&M have, in their
wisdom, established a venerable tradition of their own-their unre-
lenting game of musical chairs for football coaches. It remains to be
seen if this cultural convention will continue an enduring custom at
College Station in view of the pearl of great price that was recently
dropped on Jackie Sherrill. Texas coaches are also mentioned, but
not with the same sense of frenzy.
This book is recommended for anyone who has an interest in the
state of Texas, sports, popular culture, or the old interuniversity
rivalry. It would also be an appropriate gift for any Aggie or Long-
horn football fan, a fact which, in all likelihood, did not escape the
attention of the Texas Monthly Press.
Southwest Texas State University JAMES W. POHL
A History of Rice University: The Institute Years, 1907-1963. By
Fredericka Meiners. (Houston: Rice University Studies, 1982. Pp.
xv+ 249. Foreword, preface, acknowledgments, photographs,
notes, bibliography, index. $29.50.)
"Rice is not like other universities" (p. xv) the author, a Rice alum-
na, aptly observes. William Marsh Rice, a Massachusetts merchant
who developed business interests in land, timber, cotton, and railroads
in Texas and Louisiana, endowed a "Public Library and Institute for
the Advancement of Literature, Science and Art" in 1891, with gifts of
timberland, land, and most of his estate upon his death. Rice was
murdered in New York City in 1900, and the will received several
challenges, including one based upon forged documents. The estate
was finally settled in 1904 with Rice Institute receiving an endowment
of $4,631,259.08.
The trustees proceeded to attempt to define the nature of the school
they were to establish, and to select its first president. The search for
a president resulted in the happy selection of Edgar Odell Lovett, a
professor of mathematics at Princeton, who elected to "consider men
before mortar and brains before bricks" (p. 23). Rice Institute opened
on September 23, 1912, with a small but distinguished faculty, and
fifty-nine men and women students. Lovett and the faculty stressed

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