One history professor. Fifty years at UH

On the fifth floor of Agnes Arnold Hall — one of two '60s-era Kenneth Bentsen-designed modernist buildings at the University of Houston and home to the campus’s liberal arts contingent — you’ll find the office of Dr. Lawrence Curry, professor emeritus of history.

In true professorial fashion, overstuffed bookshelves line his office walls. One contains his original 1948 paperback edition of Richard Hofstadter’s “The American Political Tradition: And The Men Who Made It,” its pages yellowed, faded, annotated, highlighted and marked-up, loved and treasured in his six-decade possession.