WILLIAM RICE(1928 - 2012)

William Rice

October 13, 2012

William Eugene Rice Ed.D., 84, passed away on Saturday, October 13, 2012, while fighting to recover from bypass surgery in Fort Myers, Florida.

Bill was born April 2, 1928 to Charles & Mary Rice of Jackson Michigan. Bill grew up in Jackson where he met his lifelong companion and wife of 65 years, Margaret. Together they raised a family in East Lansing, Michigan where Bill graduated from Michigan State University and went on to earn a Master of Arts (1962), and Doctor of Education (1967). In 1972, Bill became a Certified Consulting Psychologist - a certification that he was proud to keep up-to-date his entire life.

As a professor, mentor, counselor, and educator, Bill dedicated his career to helping students of all ages overcome obstacles and achieve their educational goals. Bill was a professor at Michigan State University and retired from the Ingham Intermediate School district in 1986 after 24 years of service as a School Psychologist.

After retirement, Bill and Margaret packed up their RV and traveled around the country on several cross-country adventures. He was a lifelong tennis player, loved Jazz music, and had a soft spot in his heart for animals. He was a "true-green" MSU Spartan fan, and every Saturday during football season, he could be found cheering on his beloved Spartans while passionately dispensing desperately needed coaching advice.

In 1996, Bill & Margaret became active members of the Seven Lakes Community in Fort Myers, Florida where Bill served as building Condo Representative for building #7.

Bill lived well, loved, did good work, and tried one of each dessert. He will be dearly missed and lovingly remembered by his wife; families of his four children, seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; and all the people whose lives were touched by Bill along the way.

Published in The News-Press on Oct. 21, 2012