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Clare I. (C.I.) Rice

1918 - 2013 Obituary Condolences
Rice, Clare I. (C.I.) AUSTIN, TX Clare I. (C.I.) Rice passed peacefully from this life from natural causes on November 20, 2013, at his home in Austin, Texas, shortly after celebrating his 95th birthday. He was born Clarence Irwin Rice in Rice Lake, Wisconsin, on November 3, 1918, to Kristian Rice and Ingeborg Haugstvedt Rice (formerly Rise in their native Norway). Clare is survived by his sister, Eleanor Rice Revne of Eau Claire, Wisconsin; his daughters Karen Bateman Rice of Bellingham, Washington, and Carol Rice Brannon and her husband Kevin of Austin; his grand- daughter Katharine Larson Popejoy of Charlotte, North Carolina; and his great- grandson Samuel Glen Popejoy of Olympia, Washington. Mr. Rice was predeceased in 1972 by his wife Virginia Bateman, mother of his children, and in 2008 by his son David Alan Rice, of Iowa. His second wife, Elaine Spurrier Lewis, died in 1995. Clare graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin in Madison in 1943. He then joined the Navy with an officer's commission. When the war ended, Clare joined the Naval Reserve, in which he served for 20 years, retiring as a lieutenant commander. After the war, Clare began his career in the field he loved. For nearly forty years he played an important role in the development of the industry of avionics. After working with Northwest Airlines, Honeywell, Bendix, and Sunbeam, Clare joined Collins Radio in 1968, which had plants in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Dallas, Texas. After North American Rockwell took over Collins, Clare headed up the Avionics and Missiles Group of Rockwell, retiring in 1983 with the title of Vice President of World Marketing for Rockwell International. His career allowed him to travel widely around the world, and gave him the rare pleasure of attending many Paris Air Shows and numerous launches in the United States space program, meeting many astronauts and famous pilots. Clare served in many professional organizations.. He received an honorary doctorate in engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in 1979, and was inducted into the Aviation Hall of Fame. Clare moved to San Diego, California, in 1986, to enjoy the San Diego climate and Navy presence. He continued to travel and play tennis, and continued to be involved in both the University of Wisconsin Alumni Association, of which he was a past president, as well as serving on the Bernardo Heights Community Association in Rancho Bernardo. A memorial service for Clare was held at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, on December 6, 2013. Interment at Calvary Cemetery Chapel Columbarium followed. Memorial donations may be made to the University of Wisconsin Foundation.

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Dec. 22, 2013
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