Beyond the Hedges

Rice has deep and broad connections with the city of Houston, one of the most diverse cities in the nation, an epicenter for innovation and home to the world’s largest medical complex. Thanks to the Moody Foundation, students can leverage these connections to learn, serve and make an impact.


  • Community Outreach, Leadership and Engagement Fund

    The Irwin M. “Buddy” Herz Community Outreach, Leadership and Engagement Fund promotes connections between the Rice campus and the broader community. A speaker series will bring local and international thought leaders to campus and an internship program will allow Rice students to serve the community in positions beyond the hedges.

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“I grew up in the Moody interests as my father was the tax consultant for all of the Moody entities. My closeness with the Moody family included a shared love for the City of Galveston and a devotion to our state. My representation included a collective responsibility to serve our community by making the community a safe and supportive environment for individuals, families and businesses. I am so grateful to the Moody Foundation for honoring me through this contribution to my alma mater, and I hope this endowment helps to further connect Rice with the City of Houston.”


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Irwin M. “Buddy” Herz, Jr. is a 1961 graduate of Rice University. He was a member of Will Rice College and was elected editor in chief of the Rice Thresher as a junior, councilman at large of the Student Association as a senior, and one of Rice’s 10 Outstanding Seniors in the Class of 1961. Buddy is a partner in the law firm of Greer, Herz and Adams and represents a variety of nonprofits, financial institutions and private business entities, including serving as general counsel of the Moody Foundation and as a director of American National Insurance Company, Texas’s largest insurance company, for 41 years. Buddy is civic and community minded, dedicating significant portions of his professional career as president of Temple B’nai Israel, chairman of the Galveston Economic Development Corporation, chairman of the UTMB Development Board and chairman of the Galveston Housing Authority.

Rice University
P.O. BOX 1892
Houston, Texas 77251-1892


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