David A. Rice ’65

June 15, 2013

Spring 2014

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David A. Rice '65 was a longtime law professor and an authority on commercial law. He passed away on June 15, 2013, at the age of 73.

After graduating from the University of Wisconsin, Rice attended Columbia Law School, where he earned his law degree in 1965. He then served as a clerk at the United States Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit before embarking on a career as a distinguished scholar.

Rice was a tenured faculty member at Boston University School of Law and Rutgers School of Law–Camden, as well as a visiting professor at several other schools. Upon joining the Roger Williams University School of Law faculty in 1997, Rice taught courses on commercial law and intellectual property law, and played a significant role in the development of the newly established law school. Later in his career, he focused his work on the burgeoning area of Internet commerce. Rice served as director of the law school’s Portuguese-American Comparative Law Center, and was a longtime leader of its Lisbon Summer Program at the Catholic University of Portugal. He retired from Roger Williams University School of Law in 2012.

Outside of the classroom, Rice helped to adapt the Uniform Commercial Code to include online business transactions. He also helped to draft legislation that encouraged the state of Massachusetts to develop coastal planning.

Rice is survived by his wife, Virginia Griffin Rice, and by many members of his extended family.

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