Richard Rice, 89, a retired civil engineer with the Army Corps of Engineers, died Jan. 10 at Belvoir Woods Health Care Center at Fort Belvoir. He had Parkinson’s disease, a daughter, Kathe Stanley, said.
Mr. Rice joined the Corps of Engineers in Philadelphia in 1949 and came to Washington in 1963. He worked as an engineer on intracoastal waterway projects. He retired in 1980.
Richard Robert “Dick” Rice was born in Pottsville, Pa., and was a B-17 pilot with the Army Air Forces during World War II. He graduated from Villanova University in Pennsylvania in 1949 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering.
Mr. Rice lived in the Mount Vernon section of Fairfax County, where he was a founding member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church in 1965. He also was a longtime blood donor.
His wife of 62 years, Mary Reiley Rice, died last year.
Survivors include seven children, Kathe Stanley of Rock Hill, S.C., Isabel Roche of Shreveport, La., John Rice of Falls Church, Mary Kent of Portland, Ore., Ann Rice of Fairfax City, Richard Rice Jr. of Glen Allen, Va., and Tricia Hunter of Harrisonburg, Va.; five sisters; 20 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
— Matt Schudel