Rice Institute Owls basketball player A. M. Tomforde
Black and white photograph of Rice Institute Owls basketball player A.M. Tomforde, class of 1917, accompanied by text headlining his achievement and entry into the Rice Athletic Hall of Fame. Caption reads: A. M. “TOMMIE” TOMFORDE, class of ’17, came out of Houston High School to win football and basketball honors on Rice’s early teams and to receive his Bachelor of Arts degree “with distinction” as a member of Rice’s second graduating class. Weighing only 140 pounds but six feet tall, “Tommie” made it up in determination and drive. He captained the 1917 basketball team which split two-two with Texas U. and beat the Texas Aggies, three of four, giving Rice a claim to its first Southwest Conference championship. The early-day Conference finally ruled Texas to be the champion because of more games played, postponing Rice’s first basketball championship a year. “Tommie” went on to postgraduate study at Cornell’s Sage Graduate School of Philosophy. He withdrew to enter the fledgling Air Corps, took his ground training at Princeton, won his wings, and was just ready to go overseas when World War I ended. He returned to Houston, entering the insurance business, marrying the former Josie Williams in January, 1920, and jumping into a lifelong career of service to Rice which included 17 years as representative for the R Association on the school’s ruling Committee on Outdoor Sports. He was elected president of the Rice Alumni Association in 1922. “Tommie” died in 1956. He is survived by his widow and two children, A. M. Tomforde, Jr., one-time Rice cheerleader, Mrs. C. Pharr Duson, and six grandchildren, all of Houston.
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