[May 7]

Rice's 1st president, Edgar Odell Lovett, dies on August 13 at age 86. He lives long enough to see 5 residential colleges established, fulfilling his dream to create a residential college system for Rice, where students and faculty live and learn together. During the last years of his life, Dr. Lovett is acclaimed for his achievements as founding president of a major university. In 1954 Lovett receives an honorary degree from Princeton University, sharing honors with President Nathan Pusey of Harvard and Governor and presidential candidate Adlai E. Stevenson of Illinois. 

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Edgar O. Lovett and Adlai E. Stevenson receive honorary degrees from Princeton University in 1954.
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