Education: Archangel in Houston

The fund-raising pamphlet put out by the University of Houston in 1937 was like hundreds of others. But one of them fell on very good ground: into the hands of a multimillionaire named Hugh Roy Cullen. Oilman Cullen thumbed it through, over & over again. He was fascinated by the story of a "typical" job-holding student—a boy who worked and studied from 6:45 each morning until 11:10 each night. "That," said Hugh Cullen, "is the kind of people I want to help."

Since that day, Oilman Cullen has never stopped helping the University of Houston. When he began, the university was only...

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