Kent Anderson, 1941-2015

Glasscock School of Continuing Studies

Kent AndersonKent Anderson ’62, created a legacy of philanthropy and leadership in the city he called home and at the university that he loved so much.

Not only did Anderson leave an indelible mark on the city of Houston and Rice University as a whole, but he also left one, quite literally, on the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies, whose home carries his name. The D. Kent and Linda C. Anderson and Robert L. and Jean T. Clarke Center, was made possible in large part by a naming gift from Anderson and his wife, Linda, and Rice trustee emeritus Robert Clarke ’63 and his late wife, Jean (“Puddin”).

“Kent was a leader at Rice, and through his service to so many area nonprofit organizations, a leader within the broader community. I deeply appreciate Kent’s unfailing support of our school, the entire university and the city of Houston,” said Dean Mary McIntire.

Anderson’s service to the university as a whole is extensive. Notably, he was elected to the Rice Board of Trustees in 1986 and served for three decades, eventually being named one of only two lifetime trustees. Among his many contributions of time, wisdom and financial support, he led several important committees, oversaw 22 building projects during his tenure as chairman of the Buildings and Grounds Committee and chaired the presidential search that brought Malcolm Gillis to Rice. In 1999, he received the Gold Medal Award, the Association of Rice Alumni’s highest honor.

Anderson’s generosity and devotion to education have enriched the lives of many within our community, and his philanthropic vision ensures that this tradition will continue on as an important part of all that we do.

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