The Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Association of Greater Houston’s 2016 Scholarship Awards Dinner honored J. Dennis Huston, PhD, Gladys Louise Fox Professor of English at Rice University and long-time member of PBK Houston Alumni Association Board of Directors, as our Honoree for Outstanding Contribution to Education. Since coming to Rice University in 1969, Dennis Huston has become one of Rice University’s most well-known professors. Anyone who enters his classroom walks away with an unforgettable experience. Professor Huston was named national Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation in 1989 and has four times won the George R. Brown Superior Teaching Award at Rice. In 1990, Houston Metropolitan magazine named him one of the Ninety Best Things About Houston. Over the past 45 years at Rice, he has taught humanities, drama, public speaking, and Shakespeare on film, and he is the author of the book Shakespeare’s Comedies of Play.
Professor Huston was joined at the podium by his former student, dinner chairman Bobby Tudor, Chairman and CEO of Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co., LLC. Together this inspiring teacher and his former student gave our Scholarship Award Winners an example of the best that can come from higher education—not just the tools for worldly success, but a lifetime of warm relationships built on shared love of learning.