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

Ted Moffett starbliss at gmail.com
Fri Sep 16 19:55:05 PDT 2016

I recall Charley Rice indicating you were somehow involved in supervising
his Master's thesis in History at the U of I?  My memory may be incorrect...
I met Charley Rice in the fall of 1969 in Graham Hall dorm, Wallace
Complex, at the U of I.  I won't even start to describe the subsequent
related history, given it is probably beyond my capacity as a writer, and
even if not, would take a novel to elucidate...

However, one clue:  Charley called me one night out of the blue many years
later after a long period of not being in contact to passionately recommend
I read Peter Matthiessen's book "The Snow Leopard," which I had not at that
point in time.  It remains one of the most remarkable,
transformational books I have ever read.

Those with a deep appreciation for and understanding of this book might not
need to be told what is implied in a spirited
enthusiastic recommendation of this book between friends.
Vision2020 Post: Ted Moffett

On Fri, Sep 16, 2016 at 3:15 PM, Nicholas Gier <ngier006 at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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.
> Nick
> 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/ar
>> ticle_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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> guidance from another. Sapere Aude! ‘Have courage to use your own
> understand-ing!—that is the motto of enlightenment.
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