Family Tribute:Kenneth Rice III – June 5, 1967 to September 11, 2001 – 34 wonderful years
First born of four sons to Kenneth and Karen Rice, he brought joy and challenge to his four grandparents and two aunts and two uncles. Ken was active, inquisitive and talkative.
During the following years into high school, he enjoyed the pleasure of sports, the outdoors and intellectual challenge. At 12 years old he met his first computer. It was a love that lead him to Marsh’s technology department located in One World Trade Center, during the last 18 months of his life.
Ken showed interest in new and varied places during the family vacations in the Northeast. He was a planner and before graduating with honors from high school, decided that “business” was his future. He had the opportunity to visit Italy with a high school class and got bitten by the “International” bug.
During his time at Pace University, he became very active in Aeisec International Business Exchange. Meeting others from many countries stimulated that bug more and upon graduating with honors and a BBA in Business Administration, he found work in Germany and Switzerland for two years. His key to those jobs at 22 was computer/business orientation and he provided programs still in use by a German manufacturing company.
Returning to the USA and his family, he and Marsh & McLennan’s International department began contributing to one another for the benefit of both. Ken earned his Vice Presidency in that department. He then requested transfer into the developing Technology support area, where he hoped to use both his computer skills and customer knowledge honed in the earlier 8 years, to help Marsh, Inc.
His personal life continued to be varied from helping kids learn to read (a great pleasure of his), enjoying all the arts and music, kayaking, snow boarding, bowling and motorcycle riding. He only had his Harley Springer a year but, fortunately, Ken did have the opportunity to make the long cycle trip he’d dreamed of. Actually in the 34 years Ken had fulfilled the dream list his parents found after the attack, except for marriage. Life always has some challenges!
Ken’s grandparents and a favorite great aunt were waiting for him on September 11th. The rest of us, his family and friends keep him with a memory of the big smile and lots of words.