Rice Institute Owls basketball player Henry D. "Tim" Timmons
Black and white photograph of Rice Institute Owls basketball player Henry D. "Tim" Timmons, headlining his achievement into the Rice Athletic Hall of Fame. Caption reads: The Rice Institute Owls of 1918 had an exceptional team in basketball led by an exceptional player in Henry D. Timmons. Timmons was All-SWC and also the leading scorer of the entire SWC of that club. Those Owls won the first ever SWC team crown in any sport for Rice in those early years of “The Institute”. Henry Davis Timmons was born on August 28, 1901 in Corsicana, the son of M/M Andrew Davis Timmons. His father was manager of the Jesse Jones lumber companies. The family, including two sisters moved to Houston when Tim was only 3. He attended Central High, then entered Rice to become a fine engineering student as well as a basketball star. His college stay was interrupted by World War I, and he left campus to become a Seabee to make use of his engineering skills. But Timmons returned to Rice after WWI, and again won All-SWC honors as a cage star and team captain in 1921 before getting his civil engineering degree. After completing his Rice years, where he was a 6-3 center and team captain for basketball, Timmons went on to be an outstanding engineer. He was one of only two marine engineers in the USA called in to help on construction of the famed Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Tim Timmons was of an early time when the Rice Owls were just beginning to make their name known around the Southwest and the nation. He was one of the best of the early stars establishing a foundation for a respected all-around athletic program.
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