Mary Alice Rice, who was instrumental in the operation of the Northrop Rice Foundation, passed away on Jan. 26 at her home near Houston, Texas.
Alice’s long commitment to the aviation community began with a job at Braniff Airways in Kansas City, where she met her husband James in 1956. The two moved to California and eventually Houston, where they helped put a man on the moon before founding Rice Aviation (later renamed Northrop Rice USA, Inc.) in 1972. She led the company as chief executive officer for 44 years.
Alice worked closely with ATEC through her leadership of NRF, where she helped support the careers of thousands of aspiring aviation professionals, and was actively involved in the Association of Women in Aviation. She leaves behind her husband, six children, nine grandchildren and a legacy of dedicated commitment to the future of flight.
The council honors Alice's commitment to aviation, and invests in the future of aviation maintenance, by supporting the James Rardon AMT Student of the Year Award. Help celebrate this year's winner at the Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.
To view Alice’s full obituary and to learn about funeral arrangements, visit: http://www.crowderfuneralhome.com/obituaries/mary-alice-rice/.
2/22/2016 11:44:41 am
I am so sorry to hear of Alice's passing. I enjoyed seeing her at the ATEC conferences each year. She would often stop by my booth and remark how much she enjoyed seeing women at the conference. What a beautiful, kind hearted person she was. I will miss her.
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