1: Raymond O'Neill Wells, Jr. 2010 70 Years Young
2: It all begins with family...
5: Say cheese!
6: ... and hopsocks into the fab 50s ...
8: ... and slides into the swingin' 60s ...
9: Love, Renchen
10: Wedding bells are ringing in Bremen 1 & 3 Aug. 1963
12: OFF TO NYC
18: ... trippin' into the 70s
24: ...the awesome 80s...
29: ...the nostalgic 90s...
34: ...the naughties... (00s)...
36: Only in TEXAS!
42: The Great Sports-Outdoors-Man!
50: And the ultimate recreational pursuits...
52: HAPPY HOUR AROUND THE WORLD AND BACK AGAIN
55: Life's a beach!
59: Sweetened or Unsweetened???
60: ... and Fine Dining...
62: Reading, writing, and 'rithmetic...
63: ...and on to Institution-building: | From Anne Papakonstantinou Here are three photos of Ronny from our RUSMP photo albums.... two from the early years and one from the 20th Anniversary Celebration where he was speaking about RUSMP's history. In 1987, Ronny established an institution here at Rice that continues to thrive and grow. RUSMP has touched mathematics teachers and schools across the country and around the world through our newest collaborations. We wish him a glorious 70th birthday and wish we could give him a birthday hug in person. | RUSMP
64: The Ultimate Institution: Jacobs University née IUB
65: Buten & Binnen Interview about IUB | From Heinz-Otto Peitgen - Recently I read a book “The Lottery, by George M. Hahn” in which the author, a well-known physicist from Stanford University looks at his life as a sequence of events in which chance, fortune, and misfortune ruled. Ronny and I can claim such a thing as well in relation to the initiation of Jacobs University. One is tempted to believe that the planning process for a new private university should certainly not have elements of a lottery. But here it did and probably in a very significant way. In the fall of 1997 a small group of colleagues met around the former Rektor of the University of Bremen, Jürgen Timm, to discuss the option of establishing a new international university in Bremen. The discussions were vague and sincere at the same time and went on for several months with occasional meetings. My colleagues knew very well that I had a particular relationship to US universities – this year I celebrate my 25th anniversary of living a dual life as a professor of mathematics and biomedical sciences in the US and Germany - and asked me to try exploring any interest of a US university to work with us. I accepted but was not very hopeful. In fact I sort of believed that I would be wasting my time to write letters or make calls. Then, one day before the next meeting on October 23, 1997, I felt guilty that I had not yet done anything and didn’t want to face my colleagues without at least having made an attempt. Here I must inject that in these discussions everybody had an opinion what would be the best strategy to for an international university, as you would expect from professors. And, moreover, these opinions did diverge considerably, as you also would expect from a group of professors. I was convinced that this project would make any sense only if the new university would be a genuine private university modeled after the best US examples. So here comes the lottery effect: In the afternoon (German time) of October 23, I grabbed the phone and called Ronny. Somehow I must have been thinking there is only one man that I know who is able to absorb such a strange or crazy and wild dream. When the phone rang I was not sure whether I really wanted him to pick up, because the whole thing appeared surreal at times. But there he was and I told him and he was immediately enthusiastic – the whole call lasted just a few minutes - and did what he did, ran to his President, Malcom Gillis, at Rice University and came back, “The President is very interested and would like to explore the idea by sending a high-profile delegation to Bremen immediately.” Wow! Only a man like Ronny could have done that within an hour or so. And he did. The rest is history now. In short, the fact that the President had offered his sincere interest in the matter and did in fact sent the delegation in November of 1997 catalyzed the enthusiastic interest and vision in Bremen, first among my colleagues and within days also within the Senate of Bremen. The ship started moving and didn’t stop until the new private university was founded. And today we can be sure: It was just an almost-not-intended little phone call, but it was because of a man who never stopped dreaming dreams – Ronny Wells.
66: From Friends and Family...
68: Dear Ronny,, The poem by Clemens Brentano expresses exactly what I admire most about you - the gift of finding joy in everything and everyone around you.. Happy Birthday! Barbara
69: Glück ist gar nicht mal so selten, Glück ist überall beschert, vieles kann als Glück uns gelten, was das Leben uns so lehrt. Glück ist jeder neue Morgen, Glück ist bunte Blumenpracht, Glück sind Tage ohne Sorgen, Glück ist, wenn man froehlich lacht. Glück ist Regen, wenn es heiss ist, Glück ist Sonne nach dem Guss, Glück ist, wenn ein Kind ein Eis isst, Glück ist auch ein lieber Gruss. | Glück ist Waerme, wenn es kalt ist, Glück ist weisser Meeresstrand, Glück ist Ruhe, die im Wald ist, Glück ist eines Freundes Hand. Glück ist eine stille Stunde, Glück ist auch ein gutes Buch, Glück ist Spass in froher Runde, Glück ist freundlicher Besuch. Glück ist niemals ortsgebunden, Glück kennt keine Jahreszeit, Glück hat immer der gefunden, der sich seines Lebens freut. Clemens Brentano
70: Poetry Corner | Ask me to cook, Ask me to sing, Ask me to Tango, Ask me to hike, canoe, climb, ski But, please, when it comes to writing, All I can say is I love you Ronny You're a heck of a friend! Have a wonderful Birthday! Michele | a birthday haiku Martini hour! For three score plus two times five. Our ideal neighbors. Geoffrey Poirier and Colette Roy
74: From the Guest Book of the lieben Ratzeburger
77: Aus Costa Rica von Julia & Derk
78: Best Wishes from Musketeer Alexander
80: Romp through Life with Jackie & Pat Allen
81: Happee Seventee, Hubbee of Schwester, May life be calm and n'er a Nor'wester. Your laughter contagious, your math simply boring One hopes my poetry does n'er leave you snoring! Houston....we have lift-off! Rock On, Rocket Ronny! XO, Sandy HBD2U, HBD2U, HBDDR, HBD2U!
86: Happy Wishes from Martini converts Gisela & Claus Forytta
87: Viele liebe Gruesse von Dagmar Ahrens-Thiele aus Gilching im schoenen Bayernland. | Greetings from Danka & Norman Pieniazek, intrepid visitors! | Art and I have fond memories of Ronny's 60th and 65th parties, so we know you'll throw a wonderful bash for him. We will be with you in spirit.- Love, Barbara & Art
91: Kathleen, Richard, Peter and Julia | Love,
92: R1 & R2
93: Father & Sons
94: R1, R2, R3, R4
95: ROW70 Copyright 1940-2010 Published by B3 Books Boulder, Boston, Bremen Typeset by R2,3,4 Productions