Al Dial, Honorary "R" Association member, Rice University

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Title: Al Dial, Honorary "R" Association member, Rice University
Abstract: Rice University Honorary "R" Award (poor quality image)
Description: Black and white photograph of Al Dial, benefactor of many of Rice’s athletic programs and athletes, accompanied by text headlining his achievement of the Distinguished "R" Award.Caption reads: A long-time Rice fan, AL DIAL has given years of service to the Rice Athletic Department and Rice athletics. A captain of local industry, Mr Dial was originally a partner of John L. Wortham in Houston and went on to be a Vice President for American General in 1957 when it broke away from the Wortham agency. He eventually became the Executive Vice President for Maryland Casualty in 1970, a position which he retained until he retired in 1977. Over the years, Mr. Dial put many Rice athletes to work, giving them a start in the insurance industry. These included but were not limited to Dan Drake, Blois Bridges, Don Lance, Leroy Marion, Ralph Murphy, Ike Neumann and Monte Robicheaux. Mr. Dial was also instrumental in the building of the Owl Club facility; helping to raise the final amount needed for construction. He was honored for his efforts by helping George Miner burn the mortgage. He even served as President of the Owl Club in years two and three of its existence. For these reasons, the Rice “R” Association is proud and happy to bestow the title of Honorary “R” Man upon Al Dial.
Subject: William M. Rice Institute--History
Dial, Al
Varsity lettermen's clubs
Athletic clubs--Texas--Houston
Rice University--History
Citation: "Al Dial, Honorary "R" Association member, Rice University," 1997. Rice University,
Date: 1997

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