A Healthier and Happier Place

The Legacy of Dr. Roberta G. Rice

Dr. Roberta Rice, M.D., F.A.C.S, died in 2014 at the age of 96, but through a bequest to The Foundation, her legacy continues.

Roberta RiceRoberta Geraldine Rice was born in 1917 in LeSueur Center, Minnesota, in a Methodist parsonage.  She went on to graduate from the University of Minnesota Medical School, at a time when there were many challenges facing women in her profession.  Following that, she completed an internship at the University of Illinois and surgical training at the Mayo Clinic with Dr. Charles Mayo as her mentor.

Her career as a surgeon took her to the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Grand Island, Nebraska.  Following the Korean War, in 1956, the Trinity United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women of Nebraska sent her to serve as a United Methodist Medical Missionary educator in Korea.  She served as a Professor of Surgery in Korea until 1975.

From there she joined the staff of the newly established Marshall University School of Medicine and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Huntington, West Virginia.  Her involvement with the United Methodist Church continued through First UMC in Huntington where she was as an officer, played the organ and served in the United Methodist Women.  She was a member of the Board of Diaconate Ministry in the West Virginia Annual Conference.

Even in “retirement” Dr. Rice continued her busy life after moving to Asheville, North Carolina, where she sang in the choir, played the organ and was an active member of her United Methodist congregation and in the community.

Dr. Rice’s obituary states that she “made the world a healthier and happier place.”  Through her Living Trust, Dr. Rice continues her care for others through many charitable donations, including one to the United Methodist Foundation of West Virginia, to be used for children’s work.

Through her bequest, Dr. Rice has made the world “a healthier and happier place” for children in our Annual Conference and beyond.

If you would like to consider of the possibilities of a bequest to continue your ministry, contact The Foundation.