The Ursinus College community remembers the life and work of Reverend Charles Rice (March 29, 1957 – April 25, 2017), an inspiring teacher, friend and mentor whose impact will continue to be felt well beyond the many communities where he lived, served and worshipped. His faith, caring, humor and generosity will continue to inspire all who knew him.
Charles became chaplain at Ursinus College during the summer of 1997, serving the pastoral needs of the college community, overseeing the chaplaincy program and advising and counseling students. He implemented a Sunday worship program centered on diversity and pluralism, and sought vitality for all the faith groups on campus. He raised the level of theological discourse on campus with his vocational talks and programs, and taught popular courses such as African American Religious Experience, which included a highly regarded spring break trip to sites of civil rights and social justice struggles. Countless students and alumni credit Rev. Rice with helping them find their life paths, as well as impacting their spiritual development.
Collected here are materials that offer a glimpse of Reverend Rice’s impact on Ursinus College as well as remembrances of him from the community.
Ursinus College Alumni, Ursinus College Students, Ursinus College Staff, and Ursinus College Faculty
Selections from the Reverend Charles Rice memorial book presented to the Rice family. Included are reflections from the following Ursinus College alumni, students, staff and faculty chosen by Tonya Rice: Christian Rice, Melanie Hoover, Julania Hubbard, Tisha Brooks, Branden Brooks, Preethy Jayant, Geoff Brace, Larissa Gordon, Matt Miller, Chantell Johnson, Erin O'Hara, Cristin John Mathew, Frank DiMeglio, Sabrina Clark, Aakash Shah, Melissa Pankake Isaacs, Michelle Ermatinger-Salas, Daniel Beneventano, Gerald Glover III, Grace Buchele Mineta, Branden Irving, Emily Black, Grace Barter, Olivia Keithley, Hannah Marshall, Mary Holmcrans, Angela Upright, Kelly Johnson, Saloni Parikh, Sophy Gamber, Sam Pope, Alyson Manley, Dom Cipolone, Sienna Coleman, Jamir Mallory, Rabbi Michael Ramberg, Kim Taylor, Carla Rinde, Stewart Goetz, and M. Nzadi Keita.
Funeral program for Reverend Charles Rice memorial service held in Bomberger Memorial Hall, Ursinus College.
News article detailing the 2016 "Religion and Civil Rights" annual class trip to historic sites in the American South, led by Reverend Charles Rice.
News article which recounts how Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. came to impact the life of Reverend Charles Rice.