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Hallie P. Rice Jr., 82, businessman, philanthropist


Hallie P. Rice Sr., a retired business executive, philanthropist, Navy officer and lifelong sailing enthusiast, died in his sleep June 3 in Gainesville, Fla. The former Annapolis resident was 82.

Born in Portland, Ore., and raised in Juneau, Alaska, he graduated from the Naval Academy in 1946 and later earned a master's degree from the Catholic University of America.

He served in active duty for 10 years and retired as captain. In 1951 and 1952, he skippered Navy yawls with midshipmen crews in ocean races.

After leaving the Navy in 1955, Mr. Rice sold and serviced electrical instruments. In 1963, he acquired Edgerly Instruments Laboratories Inc. in Remington. He retired in 1994.

In 1974, he was named a College of Notre Dame of Maryland trustee, and he later endowed a computer center. The school later honored him with an honorary doctorate.

Two years later, Mr. Rice was recognized as the Small Businessman of the Year by the state and was honored in 1976 at a luncheon attended by President Gerald Ford.

After serving on the Goodwill Industries board for nine years, Mr. Rice was awarded its 1984 Humanitarian of the Year Award. He helped found the Hospice Foundation of the Chesapeake in Annapolis.

He moved to Vero Beach, Fla., in 1989 and kept a home in Maryland.

Services were held yesterday at Epiphany Episcopal Church in Timonium, a church he helped found.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, the former Virginia Kelly of Vero Beach; four sons, Keith K. Rice of Cockeysville, Dennis B. Rice of Annapolis, Timothy A. Rice and Hallie P. Rice Jr., both of Timonium; three daughters, Sharon L. Rice of Boston, Ellen Rice Eschenbach of Towson and Kathleen R. McDonald of Cincinnati; a sister, Betty Quist of Juneau; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandsons.

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