In Memoriam - Dr. Rip Rice
It is with heartfelt respect and gratitude that we recognize the incredible impact that Dr. Rip Rice had, not only on the ozone industry, but also on the entire world around him. Rip was an ozone consultant, author, lecturer, historian, and served in World War II in the Army’s 104th Infantry Division – the Timberwolves. Rip passed away on June 3, 2015.
Born in Manhattan, New York City, April 19, 1924, Rip is often referred to as the “Father of ozone” because of his groundbreaking work as a Washington Technical Representative, which allowed him to bring the “gospel of ozone” to the federal government in the early 1970’s.
In 1974, Rip decided the time was right to form an International Ozone Association whose mission would be to gather and disseminate information about the manufacture, application and uses of ozone. Rip served as IOA’s International President during 1982 and 1983, and was a permanent member of the IOA’s Board of Directors.
Rip was an accomplished musician and performed in a 10-piece big band, before moving on to concert bands, jazz ensembles, and finally to a Dixieland combo. He would later take on the role of Music Director and MC for the Olney Big Band of Maryland. You could often find Rip, at various ozone trade shows, performing on stage.
Rip is survived by his wife, Billie W. Rice, a sister, Roxanne Barr, and daughter-in-law, Kathleen S. Rice. His son, David W. Rice, DDS, and a brother, Timothy Rice, preceded him in death.