The first time Wally saw Lawrean was in 1942. He was a tall, handsome engineering student entering his senior year at Rice. She was a petite Rice freshman from Bellaire and, in Wally’s words, “the most beautiful girl” he’d ever seen.
Over the next year, the pair were inseparable, Lawrean recalled.
“Everyone that saw us knew that I was Wally’s girl,” she said with a proud smile.
There were dances, dates and sporting events. They enjoyed each other’s company and no one could deny the chemistry the pair shared.
During that year, Wally proposed marriage, but Lawrean was reluctant.
“I was 18 years old and I thought we should see other people,” she said. “Looking back, I should have married him.”