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Timothy E. Rice ’57

September 14, 2022, in Manlius, New York, after a short illness.

At Reed, Timothy wrote his thesis, “The Changing Pattern of Soviet Foreign Economic Policy,” advised by Prof. Carl Stevens [economics 1954–90]. He went on to receive a master’s degree in economics from Yale University. Settling in Syracuse, New York, with his wife, Susan, he worked as a consultant in development economics and became a fixture in the local political scene as an outspoken advocate for social and civil rights. Timothy served 24 years as the 18th District Onondaga County legislator, during which time he held respected positions as majority and minority leaders of the Democratic legislative party. He loved serving his constituents in the Syracuse University area and, up until his death, was heavily involved with the Thornden Park Association. He enjoyed grant writing for multiple projects and organizations, including the Syracuse Housing Division.

Predeceased by his first wife, Susan Rice ’57, and his second wife, Joanne Kaplan, Timothy is survived by his children from his first marriage, Ethan Rice, Jason Rice, Aaron Rice, Jessica Rice, and Malaika Rice, and his stepchildren from his second marriage, Craig Kaplan, Cheryle Kaplan, and Wendy Kaplan-Emmons.

Appeared in Reed magazine: March 2023

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