Harold W. Rice, Army general

September 21, 2013

Harold W. Rice, a retired Army brigadier general who later became a satellite communications systems executive for RCA, died Aug. 21 at his home in San Diego. He was 94.

The cause was cancer, said his daughter Rachel Rice.

Gen. Rice served 30 years in the Army. He was a battalion executive officer in England during World War II and served in a logistical unit during the Vietnam War. In his final active-duty assignment, he helped develop a digital communications systems for the Defense Department.

His military decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, four awards of the Legion of Merit, two Bronze Star Medals and an Air Medal.

After his military retirement in 1972, Gen. Rice joined RCA’s satellite communications division and served as vice president for operations and marketing in New York City. He retired in 1989 and moved to San Diego in 2006.

Harold Windsor Rice was born in Vanceburg, Ky., where he was valedictorian of his high school class. He was a 1942 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., and received an MBA degree from Harvard University in 1949. He attended the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at Fort McNair in the District.

After World War II, he was assigned to the Pentagon and lived in Arlington County.

His memberships included the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington and the American Legion.

A daughter, Deborah Kruer, died in 2002.

Survivors include his wife of 70 years, Alice Roberts Rice of San Diego; two daughters, Helen Bradford of Charlotte and Rachel Rice of Saranac Lake, N.Y.; a sister; two granddaughters; and three great-grandchildren.

— Megan McDonough

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