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Houston Field House MemoryThis year marks the 50th anniversary of the Houston Field House at Rensselaer. Home to hockey games, concerts, Commencements, and other large events, the former World War II Navy warehouse has become a central part of campus and community life.

The Field House was officially dedicated in the fall of the 1949-1950 academic year, during the celebration of Rensselaer’s 125th anniversary. It was named after Livingston Houston ’13, Rensselaer’s 11th president, whose passion for strengthening the collegiate and extracurricular sides of student life helped bring the Field House to reality.

Since its construction 50 years ago, the Houston Field House has played a significant role in the cultural and social life at Rensselaer and beyond. Its central feature is, of course, the 185-by-85 foot ice hockey rink that can be transformed into a wooden floor for a multitude of events.

And those events struck a chord with many alumni. When we asked you to send us recollections of your most memorable moments in this massive facility, the stories were as varied as the affairs. Following are the letters we received.

Harold Anson’ 52, Florence, Ore.
S. (Sam) Berliner, III - x56, Glen Head, New York
John H. Cunningham Jr. ’56, Middletown, N.J.
Kevin Endriss ’78, Toledo, Ohio

Jeff English ‘75, Troy, N.Y.
Robert R. Fluck Jr. ‘72, Syracuse, N.Y.
Howard M. Henze ‘69, Gloversville, N.Y.
Daniel Kruh, Ph.D. 1964, East Brunswick, N.J.
Richard Lassen ‘50, Costa Mesa, Calif.
William F. Morse ’51, Columbus, Ohio
Bob Reip ’54, Washington, N.J.
Ron Silver ‘54, Edgewater, Fla
Howard Snow ‘72, Cincinnati, Ohio
Jack Willer BME ‘50, Marco Island, Fla.
Norman Zelvin ‘50, Eastchester, N.Y.



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