Rice Institute football player Larry Whitmire # 73
Black and white photograph of Rice Owls football player Larry Whitmire (number 73), accompanied by text headlining his achievement and entry into the Rice Athletic Hall of Fame. Caption reads: As one of the three captains on the highly regarded 1957 Rice football team, Larry Whitmire (class of 1958) will forever be a part of Rice football history. An all-Southwest Conference tackle that same year, Whitmire helped guide Rice to its last outright conference championship and its last appearance in the Cotton Bowl. Born and raised in Corpus Christi, Whitmire graduated from Ray High School in 1954 with three letters in football. When head coach Jess Nealy offered him the chance to attend Rice, he more than took advantage of the opportunity. A four-time graduate of Rice, Whitmire received his B.A. in 1958, his B.S. in 1959, his M.S. in 1964 and his Ph.D. in 1966. He was also involved in the numerous extracurricular activities while within the hedges, including intramurals, Rally Club and the student ASME society. He married Rilda Richardson in May 1959 and the couple has three children, all boys. Upon graduation from Rice in 1959, Whitmire worked for nine months for Atlantic Refining Company before serving a six-month stint with the Army Corps of Engineers in 1960. After leaving the Army, he went to work for Hess Terminal, but returned to graduate school at Rice in the fall of 1962. In 1966, after receiving his Ph. D. in mechanical engineering, Whitmire went to work for Exxon Production Research Company as a staff engineer. Four years later, he transferred to Exxon Pipeline Company, where he worked until he retired in 1994. Ac active member of the community, Whitmire and his wife are both members of Memorial Drive Methodist Church. He served as the coordinator of the church's youth baseball program for ten years. The Rice athletic department is proud to honor Whitmire as a 1996 inductee in the Hall of Fame.
Rice University Athletic Hall of Fame (poor quality image)
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