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June 25, 1994

Adm. Robert Rice

Intelligence deputy

Adm. Robert H. Rice, who commanded submarines in the Pacific during World War II, headed the English, history and government departments at the Naval Academy after the war and retired from the Navy as deputy director of Naval Intelligence, died May 20 of Alzheimer's disease at his home in Brattleboro, Vt. He was 90.

Born and reared in Pittsfield, Mass., he was a 1922 graduate of the Hoosac School in Hoosick, N.Y. He graduated from the Naval Academy in 1927.

He began his career on the battleship Texas and served in the late 1920s aboard patrol boats on the Yangtze River in China before qualifying as a submarine officer in 1933.

In 1939, he was assigned shore duty as the commander of the secretary of the Navy's yacht, the USS Sequoia -- which later became the presidential yacht. At the outbreak of World War II, he took command of the submarine Drum.

He received two Navy Crosses as a result of a patrol mission in which the Drum torpedoed 34,000 tons of enemy shipping.

Retired Adm. Mike Rindskopf, who lives in Severna Park and was one of the original officers of the Drum with Admiral Rice, described him as "one of our older commanding officers who was expert in submarining."

"I envied his skills in handling a periscope and, of all the commanding officers in 34 years in the Navy, I tried to emulate him," Admiral Rindskopf, said. "There were five officers in the original commissioning crew -- Bob Rice and I were the last two -- and now I am alone."

After leaving the Drum, Admiral Rice commanded the submarine Paddle, and he completed his wartime service on the battleship New Jersey, participating in the invasion of Okinawa.

After the war, he returned to the Naval Academy to head the English, history and government departments until 1951. He then returned to sea duty aboard the cruiser Albany.

From 1954 until his retirement in 1957, he was deputy director of naval intelligence.

He was administrative director of the Syracuse University Research Corp. from 1957 to 1965 and was assistant to the president of Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield, Mass., before his final retirement in 1968, when he moved to Winter Park, Fla.

In 1993, he moved to Vermont.

He attended crew reunions and was active in the preservation of the Drum, which is docked next to the USS Memphis in Mobile, Ala. He was active in the Red Cross.

Services were held June 13 in St. Andrew's Chapel at the Naval Academy, with interment in the academy's cemetery.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, the former Eunice Russell Willson; a son, Robert R. Rice of Brattleboro; three daughters, Ellen Rice of Gaithersburg, Rosamond Rice of Annapolis and Corinthia Rice of Winter Park; and four grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Navy Relief Society, 801 North Randolph St., Room 1228, Arlington, Va. 22203.

Robert E. McGrain

NSA analyst

Robert E. McGrain, who retired last year after a long career as an analyst with the National Security Agency at Fort Meade, died Tuesdayof a stroke at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center. He was 58.

The Columbia resident was born in Baltimore. He was a 1953 graduate of Loyola High School and a 1957 graduate of Loyola College. He served in the Army as a specialist from 1958 to 1960.

He was a lector at St. John's Roman Catholic Church in Columbia for 25 years. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus.

He is survived by his wife of 22 years, the former Mary A. Barry; two sons, John B. McGrain and Robert E. McGrain; and a daughter, Maureen McGrain, all of Columbia; a brother, John W. McGrain Jr. of Towson; and a cousin, Sister Frances Marie

Usher, S.S.N.D., of Towson.

Plans for a memorial service in Columbia were incomplete.

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