Spencer M. Rice, Episcopal church clergyman

March 4

Spencer M. Rice, a clergyman for Episcopal churches in California, Boston and Washington, died Jan. 15 at a nursing home in Rogers, Minn. He was 85.

The cause was dementia, said his son, Winston Rice.

The Rev. Rice began his career in 1955, working in several California parishes before serving as rector at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in San Francisco from 1968 to 1981.

He moved to Boston in 1982 to become a rector at Trinity Church in Copley Square. In 1994, Rev. Rice became senior adviser to the rector at St. John’s Church, Lafayette Square, in Washington. He retired in 2008. He moved from Washington to Rogers in 2011.

Spencer Morgan Rice was a native of San Marino, Calif. He graduated in 1945 from Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington and then spent three years in the Navy. He was a 1952 graduate of Occidental College in Los Angeles and in 1955 received a master’s degree from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, Calif.

His first marriage, to Shirley Barrow, ended in divorce. His second wife, Harriett Hadlock, died in 2001 after of 31 years of marriage.

Survivors include two sons from his first marriage, Byron Rice of Minneapolis, and Winston Rice of Washington; a daughter from his second marriage, Gaylord Young of New York; a brother; a sister; and three grandchildren.

— Samantha Raphelson

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