Remembering John Rice, Space Coast Leader, Teacher, Scholarship Creator

Sep. 18, 2015

Remembering John Rice
Rice taught at Webster in Orlando and later established its Space Coast locations.

The Webster University community remembers longtime faculty member, regional director, scholarship founder and U.S. veteran John W. Rice, who passed away this week at age 93. 

Rice began teaching for Webster University at the Orlando campus location in 1992. He was hired full-time in 1993 to establish a Webster campus on the Space Coast, which he successfully led first as director and then as regional director. He retired in 2009 after serving 17 years at Webster. 

Previously, he served for many years as chief of Financial Management for NASA at Kennedy Space Center. He was deputy project manager in Saudi Arabia for a major Boeing/Saudi base maintenance contract and a consultant for major Department of Defense and NASA contractors. He was also a decorated World War II B24 aircraft commander and a retired Air Force officer.

“John was a man with great vision and a true zeal for living a purposeful life," said Beth Russell, assistant provost for graduate studies. "He advocated for his faculty and students, created the Space Coast Advisory Board and believed so deeply in the power of education that he established a student scholarship in his name."

John Rice is survived by his wife, Delores, and two sons.

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