This photograph of Dudley Sharp, Tina Cleveland Sharp, and Dudley Sharp Jr. is part of the Vera Prasilova Scott portraiture collection. Scott was a studio photographer and the wife of a Rice faculty member. She took portraits of many prominent Houstonians in the late 1920s and early 1930s.
Scott, Vera Prasilova, 1899-1996. "Dudley Sharp family portrait." (1931) Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University: http://hdl.handle.net/1911/37112.
Dudley Crawford Sharp was the son of Walter Benona Sharp of Spindletop fame, and brother of Walter Beford Sharp. He and his brother joined with W. T. Campbell in the organization of Mission Manufacturing Company, of which he later became President. He became a U.S. Naval Officer shortly after Pearl Harbor and went on to serve the military in a number of capacities, including Secretary of Air Force. Civic interests included Houston Chamber of Commerce, Lighthouse for the Blind, Republican Party of Harris County, Alley Theatre, Museum of Natural History, and Texas Philosophical Society, to name a few. The Sharp Foundation Lectureships at Rice University were initiated by his mother, Estelle B. Sharp, in 1919. Tina C. Sharp was the daughter of A.S. Cleveland, a Rice University Trustee for many years.
Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University
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