Crain Caton & James is proud to announce that Larry George, an estate planning shareholder within our firm, and his wife Karen, were honored at the 42nd annual Friends of Fondren Library Gala. Held on March 15, this gala celebrated the enduring commitment of the Georges to Rice University and its esteemed Fondren Library.

The gala, a highlight event in Rice University’s calendar, took place at the River Oaks Country Club. Attendees gathered for an evening of fine dining, engaging auctions, and philanthropy, all aimed at bolstering the resources and facilities of Fondren Library. Every dollar raised during this event directly supports the enhancement of physical spaces, programs, and collections vital to the academic community at Rice University.

Karen and Larry George stand as outstanding examples of lifelong Rice supporters. Karen, a distinguished Rice trustee emeritus, has dedicated herself to serving the university in multifaceted roles. She has contributed her expertise as a member of the Jones Graduate School of Business Board of Advisors, while also lending her support to various advisory boards such as the Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality, and the Shepherd School of Music. Her exceptional service has been recognized through prestigious accolades, including the Association of Rice Alumni Meritorious Award in 2002 and the gold medal in 2016.

Furthermore, Karen’s current role on the Women’s Athletics Advisory Board active is commendable. In 2005, she was inducted into the “R” Association’s Athletic Hall of Fame with an Honorary “R” Award, a testament to her enduring impact on Rice’s sporting legacy.

Larry George has also been instrumental in supporting the Friends of Fondren Library initiative. Serving on the Board of Directors, Larry has played a key role in advancing the mission of the organization, advocating for the vital role Fondren Library plays within the Rice University community. Alongside Karen, Larry co-chaired the Friends of Fondren’s 2016 gala, demonstrating their dedication to fostering academic excellence and community engagement.

At Crain Caton & James, we extend our heartfelt appreciation to both Karen and Larry for their outstanding commitment to Rice University and Fondren Library. Their leadership and philanthropy serve as inspirations to us all.