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Livingston L. Rice

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BENNINGTON -- Livingston L. Rice, a resident of Spring Hill Road, died Saturday, Oct. 2, 2004, at Crescent Manor after a long illness.

Born June 29, 1918 in the Panama Canal Zone, where his father was a health officer, he spent his childhood years in Connecticut and New York. He attended Riverdale Country School, Mercersberg Academy and Gettysburg College. Liv married Anna Wood in 1940. Her father had been Liv’s football coach at Riverdale. He remained very close to the Wood family.

During World War II, Mr. Rice worked in aircraft design for Republic and Vultee He was then chief engineer for Groves Corporation, a manufacturer of electrical components. A bout with polio in 1944 didn’t change his indomitable spirit. In 1949, he began work for Sprague Electric Company in North Adams, Mass. As a department manager in engineering, Mr. Rice was greatly respected. Many patents were issued in his name. “Liv” and Anna raised their family of four girls in Williamstown, Mass., where he was active in the community in many ways. He was a member of Rotary and served on the school committee when Mt. Greylock Regional was built. Before moving to Bennington, the Rices lived in Manchester.

”Liv” was a dedicated amateur radio “ham” (W1QOC) from the time he was a teenager. All his life he most enjoyed being outdoors. His “camp” in the Berkshire Hills, chopping wood, canoeing, a plunge in a mountain pond, and a family supper around a campfire under the stars - these were the things that made him happy.

Mr. Rice is survived by his wife, Anna, and three daughters, Lynn Rice Lichtig of New York City and West Milford, N.J., Ruby “Pip” Rice of Colrain, Mass. and Patty Esden of Fairfield. A daughter, JoAnn Lee Rice, of Bennington, died in 2002. He is also survived by a brother, John Lee Rice, of Bradenton, Fla.; two grandchildren, Jody Weatherstone and Jonathan Lichtig; and two great-grandchildren, Audrey and Rowan Weatherstone.

Graveside funeral services will be held Monday, Oct. 18, at 1 p.m. in Park Lawn Cemetery in Bennington. The Rev. Mary Lee-Clark of the Second Congregational Church in Bennington will conduct the service. There are no visiting hours.

Those who wish to make memorial donations in Mr. Rice’s memory can send them to The Bennington Food and Fuel Fund, in care of Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home.

Arrangements are under the care of Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, 213 West Main St., Bennington. To send e-mail condolences, please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.
Published in Bennington Banner on Oct. 7, 2004
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