October 22, 2020

Dr. William Rice dies at 91

William Rice, M.D., a longtime Wayne State University School of Medicine faculty member, died Oct. 12. He was 91.

Dr. Rice, a 1956 graduate of the School of Medicine, joined the school as a clinical instructor of the Department of Otolaryngology in 1966. He was promoted to clinical assistant professor, and served

William Rice, M.D.

through 2009.

After receiving his medical degree, Dr. Rice completed an internship at Queen’s Hospital in Hawaii, and then joined the U.S. Air Force as a flight surgeon.

Board certified by the American College of Surgeons, he co-developed Lakeshore ENT, and later co-founded the Holley Institute, a non-profit organization that provides services and programs aimed at improving the quality of life of people who are deaf and who have hearing difficulties. He served as the institute’s vice president and medical director.

Dr. Rice is survived by his wife, Ginnie; sons, Grantland and Garret; and grandchildren, Taylor and Jackson.

An outdoor service will be held at noon at the Trinity Terrace at the Grosse Pointe Memorial Church on Oct. 27. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to The Holley Institute, Boll Professional Building, Suite 223, 22151 Moross Road, Detroit, MI 48236.

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