Charles and Alice Rice Celebrate 70th Anniversary

February 25, 2014


Longtime friends of Florida College Charles and Alice Rice celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary last week on February 19.

Charles and Alice met while in high school. After graduation Alice attended David Lipscomb University and Charles worked in the coal mines. During that time they corresponded for around a year, and married on February 19, 1944 in Nashville, Tenn.

Shortly after their marriage Charles was shipped overseas and returned 11 months later in 1945 toward the end of World War II. The couple then moved to Arkansas to attend Harding College, where Charles received a Bachelor of Science in chemistry in 1949. The Rices then moved to LaFayette, Ind., where Charles continued his education at Purdue University, and graduated with a master’s degree in chemistry in 1951. The Rice family, which now included children Gayle and Karen, remained in Indiana for three years while Charles worked as an industrial chemist.

The Rices moved to Temple Terrace in 1954, thus beginning Charles’ 37-year tenure as a Florida College chemistry professor. During that time Alice completed her education at the University of Tampa and taught 30 years at Temple Terrace Elementary School.

On September 19, 2013, Florida College honored Charles and Alice with the naming of the Charles R. Rice laboratory (pictured above), a crucial phase in the Akin Project.

Today, the Rices live in Titusville, Fla. and have two children, four grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.