"I was proud to know him and call him friend...I think that it's important for us to remember that the Finger Lakes wine industry didn't begin in 1976. There is a rich history of people and wineries that we should always honor." Tim benedict, VP of Winemaking at Hazlitt Red Cat Cellars (Thanks for photo)
I couldn't agree more with Tim. - C. DeVito
Dr. Andrew C. Rice
1/18/2013 6:41:29 AM
PENN YAN - Dr. Andrew C. Rice, age 88, passed away
peacefully on Wednesday (January 16, 2013), with loving family at his side.
Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday (January
19) at Weldon Funeral Home. Funeral will be held at the First United Methodist
Church on Sunday (January 20) at 1:45 p.m. A private burial will be in Lakeview
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be
made to a charity of your choice .
We are all richer for having known Andy; he will be greatly
He was born in Lewisburg, Penn. to Dr. John and Ruth Rice,
and attended Bucknell University. He served his country in the Army during WWII
and received two purple hearts. He met Elaine Weger, the love of his life, at a
USO dance at Camp McCoy in Wisconsin, where she was a USO hostess. Their love
affair continued for more than 65 years, and has been an inspiration to their family
and friends. Andy received his doctorate in microbiology from Cornell
University in 1953, and ultimately retired from the Taylor Wine Company as Vice
President of Production.
He was an active member of the "American Society
of Enologists," the " American Society for Enology and
Viticulture," the "American Wine Society" and received many
awards and honors as a scientist, winemaker, and educator. He received the
"Silver Beaver Award" for his distinguished service in the Boy Scouts
of America. He was also a very active member of the Penn Yan United Methodist
church for many years, serving as trustee and in many other capacities. Family
and faith were of the utmost importance to him. Andy was well-loved and
respected in his community, always ready to help others and known for his
wonderful laugh, kind words, and positive outlook.
Andy is survived by his beloved Elaine; their five children,
their spouses, numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and a sister,
Martha Reed of Lewisburg, Penn. His children are Judy Stewart of Clay, N.Y.,
Jan Lounsberry of Penn Yan; Hal Rice of Troy, Ill., Howie Rice of Wausau, Wis.,
and Pahl Rice of Jewett City, Conn.
Friends may sign the guestbook at WeldonFuneralHome.com