The University of Southern Indiana Board of Trustees and President Ronald S. Rochon announce with sadness the death of the University’s founding and first president, Dr. David L. Rice.
Dr. Rice, 90, died peacefully at his residence in York, Pennsylvania, at 7:10 p.m. (EST) Wednesday, January 15, 2020.
“While we are
saddened by his death, we want to celebrate the legacy Dr. Rice has left,”
said Dr. Ronald S. Rochon, USI president. “Our story is one of community,
of linking arms, minds and resources to overcome adversity. More than a half
century ago, an institution of public higher education in Southwestern Indiana
was only a dream. It took the perseverance of Dr. Rice and those around him to
make this dream a reality. Never underestimate the power of an idea, how it can
transform lives, and how it can propel a community. Dr. Rice knew this-and we
celebrate and embody these tenants each and every day in all that we do.”
The visitation and funeral will be held on the USI campus. Arrangements
are pending and will be updated when available on the USI website and
the Browning Funeral Home website, www.browningfuneral.com/. Additional information, as well as a
tribute to Dr. Rice’s legacy, can be found at USI.edu/Rice.