[Vision2020] Obituary for Charley Rice, Buffalo Free Press staff on 9-15-70 Edition

Nicholas Gier ngier006 at gmail.com
Fri Sep 16 15:15:27 PDT 2016

Hi Ted,

Charlie Rice was a good friend and student of mine. He copyedited my book
"Spiritual Titanism" did a good job.

I met him in Hong Kong on one of my research trips and he introduced me to
all his Chinese friends.

He loved all things Chinese and was eager to start his dissertation at WSU.

I think of him often and miss him a lot.


On Thu, Sep 15, 2016 at 3:41 PM, Ted Moffett <starbliss at gmail.com> wrote:

> http://www.moscowcares.com/BuffaloFreePress/Buffalo_Free_Press_091570.htm
> Tom Hansen posted a link to the actual pages of the 9-15-70 edition of the
> Buffalo Free Press, which on page 8 contains a list of the Buffalo staff
> for that edition, the late Charley Rice among them.
> Given his death, I doubt he will object to remembering his contributions
> to the Buffalo Free Press.
> I thought it important to publicly revisit Charley Rice's obituary, not
> necessarily because he was a friend, the exploration of which would require
> thousands of words, but also for many other very good reasons, some of
> which are in the obituary included in this Vision2020 post.
> I've never known anyone like Charley, a truly unique individual.  And I do
> not use the word "unique" lightly, in the sense that we are all unique.  I
> mean he was extraordinarily a different sort of person, who powerfully
> resisted the all too common and pathetic habit of human minds to
> oversimplify, stereotype or pigeonhole.other people.
> ------------------------------------------
> Vision2020 Post: Ted Moffett
> http://www.argusobserver.com/obituaries/charles-mack-rice/
> article_4c93ec73-e7ef-5461-ba3e-41939fa57adf.html
> Charles Mack RiceMar 27, 2005
> Dec. 19, 1950 - Feb. 14, 2005
> Pullman, Wash.
> Charles Mack Rice, 54, Pullman, Wash., passed away Monday, Feb. 14, 2005,
> at home, of natural causes. There will be a memorial service at 2 p.m.,
> Saturday, April 2, 2005, at Hillcrest Cemetery, Weiser. Arrangements are
> under the direction of Thomason Funeral Home, Weiser.
> Charles was born Dec. 19, 1950, in Forks, Wash., to John W. Rice and
> Blanche W. Townley Rice. He was educated in Forks and in Weiser, where he
> graduated from Weiser High School. He attended the University of Idaho in
> Moscow for three years, then became a logger in the Moscow area. In 1978,
> he moved to Townley ranch at New Meadows and worked primarily as a logger
> in that area. In 1982, he married Gaye Merritt Rice and they later
> divorced. For his mid-life crisis, he returned to the University of Idaho
> and received a bachelor's degree in history in 1990.
> He acquired an interest in China and lived in Hong Kong and mainland China
> for 11 of the following 12 years. He became proficient in speaking, reading
> and writing Mandarin and was also fluent in Cantonese. Upon returning to
> the U.S., he again attended the University of Idaho and received a master's
> degree in history in 2004. At the time of his death, he was working towards
> a doctorate at Washington State University and was a teaching assistant
> there. In May 2004, he married Mei Gao Rice.
> Charles is survived by his wife, Mei Gao Rice; a sister and
> brother-in-law, Martha and the Rev. Bob Sipe, St. Helens; a sister and
> brother-in-law, Sue and Jim Peterson, Weiser; a nephew and his wife, Marc
> and Jess Sipe, San Antonio; nieces, Jennifer Greenleaf, St. Helens, Darci
> Peterson, Moses Lake, Wash., and Cara Leigh Peterson, Weiser; great-nieces,
> Marinda and Sidney Greenleaf, St. Helens; an uncle, Mac Rice, Boise; a
> great-uncle, W. Cliff Beardsley, Troutdale; many cousins and many friends.
> Charles was preceded in death by his parents; and grandparents.
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