Ursinus’ Chaplain, Reverend Charles Rice, has passed away, according to an email President Brock Blomberg sent to faculty, staff and students this afternoon.
Blomberg invited the campus community to gather in Bomberger Auditorium at 1 p.m. to share condolences and support.
There will also be a gathering this evening at 5 p.m. in the Bomberger Meditation Chapel.
Rice held a bachelor’s degree from the United States Coast Guard Academy and a Masters of Divinity from Crozer Theological Seminary. He served as a visiting assistant professor of philosophy and religion at Ursinus for 20 years.
Rice was a fixture in the philosophy and religious studies department, and recently led a group of students to Chicago over spring break as part of his African American Religious Experience course.
At last year’s commencement, Rice was awarded the Jones Award for Distinguished Advising and Mentoring. When The Grizzly spoke to him a few weeks ago, he said he was surprised but honored to receive the award. “I have tried to advise students without much fanfare,” he noted, explaining the importance of the liberal arts mindset in mentoring students.
The Office of the President will continue to update the community with additional information as it becomes available.
Students experiencing grief are encouraged to visit the Wellness Center for counseling.