Rice Institute and University Sports Information Director and Broadcaster Bill Whitmore
Black and white photograph of Rice Institute and Rice University Owls sports information director and broadcaster Bill Whitmore, class of 1942, accompanied by text headlining his achievement and entry into the Rice Athletic Hall of Fame. Caption reads: To those who remember when it was common practice to get a haircut every week or two, the man who would listen to your troubles and tell you a bit of his was the neighborhood barber. Rice’s “Barber” for the past 40 years has been a man whose name is synonymous with Rice athletics - - Bill Whitmore. After serving his beloved adopted university for the past four decades, it’s only fitting that Rice gives a day back to the Barber, Rice owes a great deal to Bill Whitmore; largely through his efforts, the Rice Athletic Hall of Fame first began honoring Rice athletes 20 years ago. He’s been providing the biographical sketches of most of the inductees for the past 20 years with the exception of this one, obviously, and just a few others. Whitmore came to Rice Institute as its first full-time sports information director in June 1950, at a time when Owl athletics were booming. He served as Rice’s SID for 34 years, retiring in 1984, but still an invaluable member of the sports information staff. Whitmore is one of the foremost historians on Rice athletics, and his personal contacts with former Owl athletes maintain the link between Rice’s past and present. Whitmore was born August 27, 1921, in St. Louis, Mo., but spent most of his life in Texas. He grew up in various parts of the state and attended the University of Texas at Austin, graduated in 1942 with a journalism degree. At Texas, Whitmore was the co-sports editor for the Daily Texan and did his first sports information work as a student aide to Wilbur Evans. After World War II, he came to Houston and worked for KPRC as its first full-time newsman in 1945 and has been a Houston resident ever since. After taking over at Rice, Whitmore became one of the pioneers of the sports information trade. Whitmore served as president of CoSIDA (College Sports Information Director of America), the profession’s organizational body, in 1983-84. He has maintained a rapport with the media, coaches, athletes, and fans throughout the years, and remains a visible figure at Rice sporting events. Since his retirement in 1984, Whitmore officially is a sports information consultant and has continued announcing at Rice home events. Bill and Lucy, his wife of 48 years, have three children, Dan Stobie, and Elsa and seven grandchildren. Whitmore keeps busy now volunteering in the Taping for the Blind project as well as serving as the public address man for St. John’s School. A Bill Whitmore trademark are the many notes and letters that he continues to send to area and national media concerning Rice athletes. The Barber is probably too modest to send the media a note on his induction in the Rice Athletic Hall of Fame, but it’s the media and the Rice family who owe him a giant thank-you note for his immense contribution to Rice Athletics.
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