DR. ROSS M. LENCE, a distinguished teacher at the University of Houston, died July 11, 2006. The son of Nickie and Marlo Lence, Dr. Lence was born in Whitefish, Montana, on December 19, 1943. He is survived by his mother Nickie Lence of Houston; brother John of Meadow Lake, Montana; nephew Dino Justin Lence of Seattle, Washington; nephew Mario Valentino Lence of Missoula, Montana; niece Natalee Nikkolina Lence of Kalispell, Montana; aunt Teresa Granier of Missoula, Montana; and numerous other cousins and relatives. After earning his B. A. at the University of Chicago, Dr. Lence studied at Georgetown University and later at the British Museum. He completed his Ph.D. at Indiana University, under the tutelage of the legendary teacher and scholar Professor Charles Hyneman. Dr. Lence joined the Houston faculty in 1971, where he himself became a legend. A Professor in the Department of Political Science and The Honors College, Dr. Lence was named in 1998 a John and Rebecca Moores Professor. The crowning mark of Dr. Lence¹s work came in the 1990s when hundreds of his students donated funds to establish a chair in his honor. In 2001, Dr. Lence was appointed to the Ross M. Lence Distinguished University Teaching Chair. For over twenty years, Dr. Lence taught courses at the Women¹s Institute of Houston. He was, as well, an invited participant in many scholarly conferences sponsored by Liberty Fund, an educational foundation located in Indianapolis. In Dr. Lence¹s honor, Liberty Fund, Inc., has placed a complete set of its books, many of which are classic texts in political philosophy, in The Honors College Alumni Library. Passionate about great books and ideas, Dr. Lence is remembered for the clarity of his intellect, the quickness of his wit, the depth of his soul, and the generosity of his love. A leading scholar on the thought of John C. Calhoun, he edited Union and Liberty: The Political Philosophy of John C. Calhoun, published by Liberty Fund Press in 1992. Over the eleven months of his illness, countless numbers of Dr. Lence¹s current and former students manifested their respect, gratitude, and love for their teacher by visiting and assisting him. To these and all other persons who extended their support, Nickie Lence expresses her abiding gratitude. Visitation will be held on Thursday, the 13th of July, from 5 o'clock until 8 o'clock in the evening, with a rosary at half past 7 at the chapel of The Settegast-Kopf Co. 3320 Kirby Drive. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 o'clock in the morning on Friday, the 14th at St. Anne's Catholic Church, 2140 Westheimer. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Ross M. Lence Scholarship Fund in The Honors College at the University of Houston, 212 M.D. Anderson Library, Houston, TX 77204-2001 Gaudeamus.
Published in Houston Chronicle from Jul. 12 to Jul. 14, 2006.