John Cabaniss '63
Retired Senior Partner, Andrews Kurth LLP
BA 1963, Rice University
LLB 1966, University of Texas at Austin
ARA Board term ends: 2018
What have you found to be most rewarding about serving on the ARA Board?
I have found most rewarding my interaction with other members of the Rice Alumni Board, a diverse group of people, in representing the alumni to address important issues designed to promote and advance the mission of Rice University. As part of that interaction, I have been pleased to find that the Board receives substantial (and in many cases, non-public) information about actions proposed and being undertaken that will serve to benefit not only undergraduate and graduate students, but Rice alumni and the community at large.
What is your favorite “Only at Rice” memory or story?
Aside from the fact that I attended Rice when no tuition was charged, my favorite memories of Rice would have to relate to the college system in general and Hanszen College in particular, and the friends and good memories that resulted from that four year association. For one specific, I can recall when Hanszen College invited noted author J. Frank Dobie to appear in the college and speak. I had the privilege to ferry our evening speaker to and from the Warwick Hotel in my 1950 Plymouth. He was very complimentary of the ample headroom it provided for him on the trip, unlike many of the more current vehicles. Another fond recollection involved the daily suspension of studies around midnight to walk to the Toddle House on Fannin to enjoy the customary order of a cheeseburger, hash browns and black bottom pie. I slept like a baby, and not an ounce of weight was gained. If it only were so today.
If you could give one piece of advice to Rice students, what would it be?
You are attending a great university with a beautiful and functional campus in the middle of a great and very diverse city. Use and enjoy all as much as you can without losing sight of the prize. The university curriculum will give you exposure to literature, arts and sciences in the hope that you will find an enjoyable and rewarding career to pursue. Notwithstanding your career choice, always be prepared to adapt to new circumstances as when the need arises.