Marshall T. Rice, 79, of Quonochontaug, RI, died peacefully at home under the compassionate care of Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island on Dec. 14, 2013. He was the cherished husband of Betsey (Hofer) Rice. He was pre-deceased by his first wife Elizabeth (Thornton) Rice.
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Born in South Orange, New Jersey on Jan. 19, 1934, he was the son of the late Anna Mary (Marshall) Cronin and James Kearney Rice.
Marshall was a graduate of Kent School (1952) in Kent, CT, Princeton University (1956) and General Theological Seminary (1959), NYC.
During the 1960's and '70's, he served in several Episcopal parishes, first as curate at Christ Church, Hackensack, NJ, then as rector of the Church of the Atonement in Fair Lawn, and later as rector of Christ Church in Ridgewood, NJ. In the 1980's and '90's, he was the founder and principal of Marshall Rice Associates, an executive search consulting firm that specialized in not-for-profit organizations. He then served as Deployment Officer for the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island, interim rector of Trinity Church, Newport, RI, and as Retired Associate Clergy at Christ Church, Westerly, RI.
Active in 1960's civil rights activities, he was proud to have marched with Dr. King in the March on Washington in 1963 as president of the New Jersey chapter of the Episcopal Society for Cultural and Racial Unity.
He also served as board member and capital campaign co-chair of the Chorus of Westerly, president of the Charlestown Land Trust, and moderator of Central Beach Fire District, Quonochontaug, RI.
Marshall was a devoted husband, father and grandfather and treasured friend. He was an avid tennis player who also enjoyed sailing, scuba diving, kayaking and traveling with his family. He was keenly interested in environmental concerns, particularly relating to marine wildlife.
Besides his wife, he is survived by his three children, Cindy Kirtland and her husband Joe of Red Hook, NY; Jim Rice and his wife Cait Goodwin of Newport, OR; and Alison Kolozsvary and her husband Andrew, of Exeter, NH; by two step children, Sarah Hall Soss and her husband Marc of Bradenton, FL; and Josh Hall and his wife Julie of Charleston, SC; and by six grandchildren and three step-grandchildren: Tim, Betsy, Sarah, Sophie, Margee, Noah, Logan, Lindsay, and Courtney.
He is also survived by his sisters Melinda (Rice) Potter, Surrey (Cronin) Elwell (Rob), and Tia (Cronin) Schlaijker, and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday December 21st at 1:00 PM at Christ Church in Westerly, RI. Donations in his memory may be made to Christ Church, Westerly, Episcopal Charities of Rhode Island, or the Chorus of Westerly.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Buckler-Johnston Funeral Home, 121 Main St. Westerly, RI.
Buckler-Johnston Funeral Home
121 Main St.
Westerly, RI 02891
Published in The Westerly Sun from Dec. 18, 2013 to Jan. 17, 2014