Sad News

To the Rice Community:

We are deeply saddened to inform you of the passing of Margarita Rodriguez, a valued member of the university family who worked at Rice for nearly 40 years.  She passed away on Friday from complications related to COVID-19 that she contracted several weeks ago.  Her death is a painful reminder of the seriousness of this disease.  Margarita was a beloved and dedicated member of the Facilities, Engineering and Planning custodian team, and she enlivened Alice Pratt Brown Hall, the home of the Shepherd School of Music, where she worked for almost her entire career.  Our sympathies are with the Rodriguez family, including Margarita's son, Mario, who followed in his mother's footsteps and works for the FE&P team.
David Leebron

Kevin Kirby
Chair of the Crisis Management Advisory Committee
Vice President for Administration