Charles Straub, Honorary "R" Association member, Rice University

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Title: Charles Straub, Honorary "R" Association member, Rice University
Abstract: Rice University Honorary "R" Award (poor quality image)
Description: Black and white photograph of Charles Straub, an usher at various Rice athletic events, accompanied by text headlining his achievement of the Honorary "R" Award.Caption reads: In 1950, Rice Stadium was brand new, Rice football was the hottest ticket in town and CHARLES STRAUB began a lifelong love affair with Rice athletics. As one of more than 400 ushers to work Rice football games in the 50’s, Straub immediately took to the Rice philosophy and manner. In 46 years of working as an usher at Rice football, he missed a total of three games. In addition, he has worked Rice men’s basketball and baseball games and designed Rice football program covers for 14 seasons. Born in Camden, New Jersey in 1918, Straub began working for Sun Oil in 1938 while attending night school at Temple University. When his country called him to service in 1941, Straub entered the Air Force. In 1945, Straub married Anne Lehde on New Year’s Day and, later that year, left the armed forces as a captain. He graduated from Temple in 1949 and moved to Houston with his two kids and wife, who was expecting her third child, in October of 1950. From that time on, Straub became a fixture and tireless supporter of the Rice athletic department. In addition to working for Tenneco, he used his talents and time to better Rice athletics. Over the past 46 year[s], he has produced drawings for T-shirts, signs, banners and plaques and has completed Rice’s all-America certificates with artistic hand. His love for the school also filtered down to his children, who also worked at Rice football games. And, in 1967, his son Steve entered Rice as a freshman and athlete on the Rice track team. In 1973, Steve was hired as assistant track coach under current athletic director Bobby May and also served as associate stadium manager. Steve was promoted to head track coach in 1980 and held that position until 1994. Through the good times and bad, Charles Straub felt himself lucky to have the Rice athletic department as an extended family, but it was indeed Rice University which was the most fortunate to have Charles Straub as one of its sons. Therefore, it is the pleasure of the Rice athletic department to bestow upon Mr. Charles Straub the title of Honorary “R” Person.
Subject: William M. Rice Institute--History
Straub, Charles
Varsity lettermen's clubs
Athletic clubs--Texas--Houston
Rice University--History
Citation: "Charles Straub, Honorary "R" Association member, Rice University," 1996. Rice University,
Date: 1996

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