Anne and Bob Baillio have actively supported Rice University for decades. Ever since Anne graduated from Rice in 1962 with a bachelor’s degree, cum laude in romance languages, she has volunteered her talents in myriad ways, including serving as president of the Association of Rice Alumni, chair of the Rice University Fund council and chair of the Houston Alumni College. Anne and Bob have also served as Rice Associates and previously chaired Rice Homecoming. In recognition of her ongoing efforts, Anne received the Association of Rice Alumni Meritorious Service Award in 2003.
Anne is also a dear friend of the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies, having served on the school’s advisory board since 2006. As a board member, she was an early proponent of a new building.
“Bob and I felt that the school has needed the space for a long time, and the building will give the Houston community a chance to come together under one roof as they enjoy the best of Rice.”
To help the cause, the Baillios donated funds for the beautiful courtyard that fills the space between the Anderson-Clarke Center and the adjacent Hudspeth Auditorium that is used for large classes and presentations. They chose to help fund the courtyard because “Bob is an avid gardener,” Anne said, and because “we like having another place on campus for people to gather outside and enjoy having a conversation with friends.”
According to Overland Partners, the architectural firm responsible for the design of the Anderson-Clarke Center, “The courtyard provides a quiet, protected enclave within the boundaries of the complex. Students, visitors and staff have a place to sit, gather and relax under a signature Rice live oak while overlooking Joseph Havel’s artwork on the Great Lawn.” Havel’s installation, “In Play,” was donated by Rice alumni Leslie ’69 and Brad Bucher ‘65, two Houston art patrons.
Another feature of the Anne and Bob Baillio (pronounced bio) Courtyard is a bench in honor of Anne’s mother and father, Margaret and Leo Shamblin. Leo served as treasurer of Rice from 1959 to 1976. “He was typical of someone who came to Houston with no more than a high school degree and a lot of life experience – and both he and the University prospered,” Anne said.
“He loved every minute of his service to Rice and would be honored to be remembered at the Glasscock School because he never stopped trying to learn something new.”
Thank you, Anne and Bob, for your boundless enthusiasm and generosity.
Top image credit: Jeff Fitlow