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Rice, Ada (1869-1953) | Morse Department of Special Collections

Name: Rice, Ada (1869-1953)

Historical Note: Ada Rice was born in Breckenridge, Missouri, on 21 December 1869.  Her family moved to Clifton, Kansas, in 1878.  She attended Baker University for one year and taught school near Washington, Kansas, for two years. She entered Kansas State Agricultural College (KSAC) in 1889, then left in 1890 to teach high school in her father's place at Clifton.  She then was the assistant principal there in 1891.  Rice returned to KSAC in 1893 and graduated in 1895.  She taught in the grade school at Randolph, Kansas, from 1896 to 1899, and then was an assistant in the Preparatory Department of KSAC from 1899 to 1903.  She received her Life Teacher's Certificate from Kansas in 1900, and became a founding member of the local chapter of the American College Quill Club that same year.  Rice became an assistant in English at KSAC in 1902, earning the title of instructor in English the following year.  She attended the University of Chicago during the summer of 1902 and Harvard University during the summer of 1905.  She spent the summer of 1909 touring Europe.  Rice received her Master's degree from KSAC in 1912.  She was Assistant Principal of the School of Agriculture from 1913 to 1918, and alumni editor of the Industrialist from 1918 to 1920. She spent a sabbatical at Kings College of London University in 1926-1927, and was granted professorship at KSAC in 1927.  Rice was elected president of the KSAC chapter of Phi Kappa Phi in 1932, toured Asia during the summer of 1937, and retired in 1946.  She died on 9 March 1953.
Sources: http://www.lib.k-state.edu/depts/spec/women/rice-ada.html

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