Rice Institute Owls tennis player Wilbur Hess
Black and white photograph of Rice Institute Owls tennis player Wilber Hess, class of 1932, accompanied by text headlining his achievement and entry into the Rice Athletic Hall of Fame. Caption reads: WILBUR HESS (1935) is another of Rice’s illustrious athletic family men. His brother, the late Jake Hess (1932), was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1970 for his exploits in basketball and tennis. Wilbur already was an established tennis star when he came to Rice, holding the state schoolboy and also statewide open championships when he came to Rice from Fort Worth’s Paschal High. He and his teammates mowed down everything in the SWC ranks to blast Texas’ long domination. Then in 1935 Wilbur topped even Jake’s collegiate career by becoming the first Rice man to win the National Intercollegiate singles. Wilbur played top-flight tennis in the U.S. and Canada for years, winning many honors and ranking as high as No. 16 nationally as late as 1945. Successful in the investment banking business, Wilbur continues his interest in tennis as a patron of from junior programs to such prestige events as the River Oaks Invitationals. He is a past president of the R Association. Recently he successfully led the financing drive to build Rice’s great new Jake Hess Tennis Stadium.
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