James S. Waters World War I scrapbook
This collection consists of a scrapbook created by James S. Waters’ wife Pauline Lackner Waters to document his time in service in World War I, both in training and on the battlefield. It includes photographs, news clippings, and memorabilia.
James S. Waters was born in Galveston, TX in 1894, and he received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Rice Institute in 1917. He served in World War I overseas in France and Germany as a part of the Corps of Engineers, earning three combat stars and the rank of First Lieutenant. He began teaching at Rice in 1919. In 1921 he began teaching in electrical engineering and was chairman of the Electrical Engineering Department for many years. He served during World War II and rose to the rank of Colonel and the command of the 4th AAF Base Unit in New York. After the war ended, Waters returned to Rice until his retirement in 1964.