Funeral Details

Dr. Howard M. Rice


Date and Time

Tuesday, November 16, 2021 at 10:00 AM


Chicago Jewish Funerals
Skokie Chapel
8851 Skokie Boulevard
Skokie, Illinois 60077
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Rabbi Nate Crane
Cantor Pavel Roytman
Beth Hillel Bnai Emunah


Westlawn Cemetery
7801 West Montrose Avenue
Norridge, Illinois 60706
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The Rice Residence
9022 Karlov Avenue
Skokie, Illinois 60076
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7PM - Maariv

Wednesday and Thursday:
7AM - Shacharit
2PM-4PM and 6:30PM-9PM
7PM - Maariv

7AM - Shacharit

Saturday Evening:
7PM - Maariv

7AM - Shacharit
2PM-4PM and 6:30PM-9PM
7PM - Maariv

7AM - Shacharit

All visitors must be masked and vaccinated.


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Memorial Contributions

Beth Hillel Bnai Emunah
3220 Big Tree Lane
Wilmette, Illinois 60091
ORT America
3701 Commercial Avenue Suite 13
Northbrook, Illinois 60062

Understanding Shiva


Howard M. Rice MD, age 86.

Beloved husband for 64 years to his college sweetheart Jean, nee Sievers. Loving father of Jennifer (Michael) Brown, Alan (Pamela) Rice, Elise (Dr. Marc) Swatez, and Michael (Susan) Rice. Dear son of the late Julia and Nathan Rice. Devoted brother of the late Fredrick Rice. Proud grandfather of Rachel Brown, Benjamin (Nicole) Brown, Joelle Swatez, Joshua Swatez, Micah Swatez, Asher Rice, and Eviana Rice. Great grandfather of Sophie Brown. Following medical school graduation from Indiana University, Dr. Rice completed his Residency at Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis. He then joined the US Air Force as a Captain at Laughlin Air Force base where he served during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He then moved his family to Chicago where he was an associate with Drs. Alfred and Howard Traisman. In 1972 he started a solo practice in Lincoln Park which later became Town and Country Pediatrics. Through hard work and many sacrifices, he grew the practice to include 18 doctors, 5 Nurse Practitioners, 3 locations and over 35,000 patients. He served on the faculty at the Ann and Robert H. Lurie’s Children Hospital for over 45 years. Dr. Rice was a longtime member of Congregation Bnai Emunah (which later merged with Beth Hillel) where he served on the Board of Directors for many years including the position of Vice President of the Ritual Committee. As a lifelong learner he enjoyed reading, taking classes on a variety of topics, and traveling the world. Service Tuesday 10AM at Chicago Jewish Funerals, 8851 Skokie Blvd (at Niles Center Road), Skokie. Interment Westlawn. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Beth Hillel Bnai Emunah, 3220 Big Tree Lane, Wilmette, IL 60091, or to ORT America, 3701 Commercial Avenue Suite 13, Northbrook, IL 60062, To attend the funeral live stream, please visit our website. Arrangements by Chicago Jewish Funerals - Skokie Chapel, 847.229.8822,


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Dear Elise (and the whole Rice family),
I am so sorry for your loss. Even though I never met him, I have a sense of who he was from the stories that you told about him. He always sounded bigger than life.
May his memory be a blessing .

Carrie Gluck
November 15, 2021
Dear Jean, Jennifer & the entire Rice Family,
Dr. Howard Rice was such a great mentor to me when I was starting out as a brand new pediatrician at Town & Country Pediatrics back in 1998. His wisdom was profound, and his love for the children & families was inspiring. He made such an impact on all of us who were fortunate enough to know him. Integrity, honesty, dedication - what a mensch! I cannot thank him enough for all he did for me and everyone else. My thoughts & prayers are with you all.
With Deepest Condolences,
Brian & Shani Hirsch

Brian Hirsch
November 16, 2021
Dear Rice Family,
Dr. Rice cared for all three of my children. He was caring and understanding, and always told a joke or made my kids laugh so that they were not afraid to be at the doctor's office. I was saddened to hear about your loss. The whole Chicago-area community has lost a great pediatrician. Humanity has lost a lovely man.

Lori Halpin and family

Lori Halpin
November 16, 2021
To the Rice Family,

Dr Rice was my pediatrician, I saw him at his first practice on Webster and Lincoln for many years. When I had my daughter, he saw her as well at Town and Country. He was very caring, funny, and passionate about his patients. Such a great person to have know. May he rest well. I extend my deepest condolences to you all.

DanyaRose Monroe
November 16, 2021