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 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
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.