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R. Tait McKenzie Sculpture Collection

The R. Tait McKenzie Sculpture Collection consists of more than one hundred bronze statuettes, bas-reliefs, medals, portrait medallions and plaques, all dealing with athletes or athletics. The collection was originally displayed in a gallery in the Health and Physical Education (HPER) Building in rooms and cases designed by Malcolm Rice, UT architect. The collection was … Continued


RA is the common term for Resident Assistant, the first level of staff in University Housing.

Rabinowitz, Alan

Alan Rabinowitz earned the MS and PhD degrees in ecology from UT in 1978 and 1981, respectively. Since leaving UT, he has been tracking and studying jaguars and tigers, with the goal of conservation. He established the world’s first jaguar sanctuary—the Cockscomb Basin Jaguar Preserve—in Belize, the subject of his first book, One Man’s Struggle … Continued

Race Relations Survey

Memphis attorney and politician Otis Higgs was employed to conduct an evaluation of race relations at UT during the summer of 1980. Higgs indicated to the Daily Beacon that his charge included “the specific issue of why Dennie Littlejohn was removed as Director of the Black Cultural Center and making general recommendations concerning race relations … Continued

Racehorse Named for Dean

As a by-product of the partnership of the College of Human Ecology (now part of the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences) and ExxonMobil Chemical Company, Dean Jacky DeJonge became the first UT dean to have a racehorse named for her. Associate Vice Chancellor Hardy Liston suggested the name “Dean Jacky” at a dinner … Continued

Racheff, Ivan

Ivan Racheff’s $2.3 million bequest to UT, the largest estate gift UT had received, was announced in early 1985. Under the terms of his will, UT received 30 percent of the estate, and the University of Illinois, his alma mater, received the remainder. UT’s portion of the funds established the Ivan Racheff Fund for the … Continued

Rachmaninoff, Sergei Vasilievich

Sergei Rachmaninoff, composer, pianist, and conductor, played his final concert in Alumni Memorial Building on February 17, 1943. A plaque in the building commemorates this concert. He was originally scheduled to perform on November 9, 1942, but had to cancel because of illness. On February 17, 2013, Russian pianist Evgeny Brakhman honored the 70th anniversary … Continued