Deborah A. Rice, software designer, dies

Deborah A. Rice, a former software designer and volunteer, died Monday of head and neck cancer at her Timonium home. She was 42.

Deborah A. Budacz, the daughter of a steamship executive and a homemaker, was born in Baltimore and raised in Towson.

After graduating from Towson High School in 1985, she earned a bachelor's degree in computer science from Loyola College.

Mrs. Rice went to work for Century Computing, a Laurel software development company, as a member of a team that developed software for certain control systems used on the NASA space shuttles.

"Although very intelligent, she was never boastful of her ability and whenever someone commented, she would say, 'You ought to see how smart the people are with whom I work,'" said her husband of 20 years, David A. Rice, founder and president of Dartrans Inc., a Baltimore-based international freight forwarding company.

In 1992, Mrs. Rice became a full-time homemaker and a parent volunteer at Timonium Elementary, where her two daughters were students. She later became PTA president.

Mrs. Rice was 34 years old when diagnosed with the oral cancer that ended her life.

"By all of her doctors' accounts, she was cured and was a seven-year cancer survivor," her husband said.

Mrs. Rice was an Orioles season ticket holder with her husband. She enjoyed attending shows at the Hippodrome Theatre and dining at the Center Club.

She also liked traveling by steamship, touring Europe and reading.

Mrs. Rice was a communicant of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, 101 Church Lane, Cockeysville, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Also surviving are two daughters, Delaney A. Rice, a freshman at Towson University, and Daniela A. Rice, a freshman at Dulaney High School; her parents, Albert and Jenny Budacz of Towson; and a sister, Dayna A. Munn of Reisterstown.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com

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