John Wade Rice Jr.


John Wade Rice Jr. 2007

John Wade Rice Jr., 84, an aeronautical information specialist with the Federal Aviation
Administration, died of complications from peritonitis Jan. 23 at Holy Cross Hospital in
Silver Spring.

Mr. Rice was born in Baltimore and moved to Washington as a child. He graduated from  
Western High School (1941) and attended Catholic University before graduating from
George Washington University. He also earned a certificate in architecture from
Columbia Tech in the District.

During World War II, he served in the Army Air Forces as a pilot and received the
Distinguished Flying Cross and six awards of the Air Medal. After the war, he worked as
a researcher for the War Department at the Pentagon, transferred to the Coast and
Geodetic Survey of the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration and then worked
at the FAA, from which he retired in 1983.

He was an antique collector and, with his wife, ran an antiques business specializing in
postcards, glass and paper ephemera. He was a member of the International Federation
of Postcard Dealers and other national and regional postcard clubs.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Sara & Sunny Foster Rice of Silver Spring; a son,
Stephen Rice of Eureka, Calif.; and two grandchildren.