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April 3, 1924 to May 27, 2012. Charles 'Chuck' Rice, age 88, passed away peacefully at the California Pacific Hospital in San Francisco. He will be sorely missed by his family and many friends across the country who have had the privilege of knowing him. He was a native of Brooklyn, New York and as a teenager he caddied for Babe Ruth. His family later moved to Pittsburgh, PA, later to Connecticut, and finally settled with his wife in San Francisco, CA in 1986. During World War II, Chuck served as a 1st Lieutenant in the 13th Airborne Division of the US Army. He earned an undergraduate degree from CCNY and a masters degree in chemical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. At Consolidated Coal Company, which was later purchased by Dupont, he worked on a number of advanced energy development projects including overseeing design and construction of coal gasification facilities in the U.S. and Japan. Chuck had boundless energy and kindness to others, known affectionately as the 'gentle giant'. He started jogging in the 1950's, frequently participated in the Bay to Breakers, and even ran the 2007 Marathon du Medoc, in Bordeaux France, when he was 83 years old. He loved to travel with his family and friends around the globe, and was conversant in Japanese, French, Italian, and American Sign Language. Up to his untimely death, he attended classes at the USF Fromm Institute in physics, history and music appreciation, in addition to advanced self-directed oenology courses in the California wine country. He is the beloved husband of the late Martha Rice; the father of Glenn Rice (Cynthia Hoy) and Diane Rice (Spencer Hosie); and devoted grandfather of Laura, Robert and David Rice, Duncan, Kiersten and Katherine Hosie; and loving brother of Bruce Rice and the late Jack Rice. We will all deeply miss Chuck's caring for his friends and strangers alike; his spirit; his intellect and his joie de vivre. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 1, 2012 at St. Benedict's Catholic Church in San Francisco, a deaf parish which Chuck frequented with his granddaughter. Contributions are preferred to St. Benedict's Catholic Church, 1801 Octavia Street, S.F., CA 94103. Arrangements by DUGGAN'S FUNERAL SERVICE, 3434 17th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110, phone, 415-431-4900.
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on June 3, 2012
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