The Rev. Marshall T. Rice (Class of 1959) of Quonochontaug, Rhode Island, died peacefully at home under the compassionate care of Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island on December 14, 2013 at the age of 79. 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, Connecticut, Princeton University (1956) before attending The General Theological Seminary. During the 1960's and 1970's, he served in several Episcopal parishes, first as curate at Christ Church, Hackensack, New Jersey, then as rector of the Church of the Atonement in Fair Lawn, and later as rector of Christ Church in Ridgewood, New Jersey.
In the 1980's and 1990'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, Rhode Island, and as Retired Associate Clergy at Christ Church, Westerly, Rhode Island. 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.
Rice was the cherished husband of Betsey (Hofer) Rice. He was pre-deceased by his first wife Elizabeth (Thornton) Rice. He 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, New York; Jim Rice and his wife Cait Goodwin of Newport, Oregon; and Alison Kolozsvary and her husband Andrew, of Exeter, New Hampshire; by two step children, Sarah Hall Soss and her husband Marc of Bradenton, Florida; and Josh Hall and his wife Julie of Charleston, South Carolina; and by six grandchildren and three step-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held on December 21, 2013 at Christ Church in Westerly, Rhode Island.