(Rice U. and forged wills seem to go together: the famous first Howard Hughes' will that Melvin Dummar produced just as I was on my way to Rice cut Hughes' old college in for a share. Unfortunately, Dummar's handwritten will, the subject of Jonathan Demme's movie Melvin and Howard, was ruled a forgery in 1978.)
Is it possible that the way Rice U. grew its endowment in 1930 has something to do with how Harvard, Yale, and Princeton generate above-market returns on their endowments in the 21st Century?
No, of course not. As Thomas Piketty explains, HYP beat the market "By economies of scale in portfolio management."