ATTWELL – A LEADER FOR RICE AND HOUSTON
the critical 1980s and ‘90s, J. Evans Attwell helped Rice University choose a
president, grapple with the impact of athletics on campus, and steer a course
for the 21st century. Mr.
Attwell earned a bachelor of arts degree from Rice in 1953 and served on the
Board of Governors for the University from 1982 to 1996. Mr. Attwell was a member of the William Marsh
Rice Society and was a major individual donor during Rice’s record-breaking
1989-90 private-giving campaign.
Attendance at Rice was something of a tradition for Attwell, who had
four cousins, two uncles and an aunt graduate from the University. Mr. Attwell served as a vice chair of the
University’s Baker Institute for Public Leadership Committee, served on the
Rice University Fund Council and was a contributing life member of Rice
earning his bachelor’s degree at Rice, J. Evans Attwell received his law degree
in 1956 from the University of Texas. In
1965, Mr. Attwell became the youngest partner in the history of the Vinson and
Elkins law firm, and served as managing partner from 1981 to 1991. The law firm has a 10-year term limit for its
managing partner under a rule that was written by Attwell himself. He was a Fellow of the Texas and American Bar
Foundations and a member of the American Law Institute. This fellowship honors his extraordinary
legacy and a lifetime of dedication to Rice University.
Evans Attwell Fellowship is supported by an endowment, established from both
Rice University and Welch Foundation funds, which is sufficient to make the
award attractive to the best young Ph.D. recipients in nanoscience and
nanoengineering-related fields. The goal
is to attract and retain leading nanoscientists, thus further augmenting the
level of basic scientific research, not only for Rice University, but also for
the State of Texas.