FAIRFIELD, CT - Frank J. Rice, professor emeritus of biology and former biology professor at Fairfield University, is this year’s honoree for Sacred Heart University’s Sixth Annual Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice (CAPP) Educators’ Communion Breakfast. He has been selected by CAPP to receive the CAPP Educational Leadership Award at Sacred Heart University on Sunday, March 9. The event is co-sponsored by CAPP and SHU’s Isabelle Farrington College of Education.
During his 35 years as a faculty member at Fairfield University, now as Professor Emeritus, Rice served on a variety of committees, including the rank & tenure and nominating committees, the Academic Council, the Board of Directors of the Fairfield University Parents Association and many more. In addition, he is the author of many publications, manuals and audio-visual presentations.
Rice earned his bachelor’s degree in animal husbandry at Colorado A&M, his master’s in animal production from the University of Wyoming and a doctorate in animal breeding from the University of Missouri. Before that, he served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946, including service with the occupation troops in Japan at the Fifth Fighter Command Headquarters in Fukawoka. He also spent six years in the Army Reserves.
Apart from his long and successful career in education, Rice has devoted a great deal of time giving back to the world around him. He was a member of the Representative Town Meeting in Fairfield from 1963 to 1969, serving as moderator for the last two years. He also served on the parks & recreation and education committees. He was a member of the citizens advisory committee on family life for the Fairfield Board of Education from 1968-1973 and chairman of the environmental planning advisory committee from 1970-1978 where he assisted in updating the Fairfield Comprehensive Plan. He also was a member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Bridgeport Transit District from 1972-1980, serving as secretary from 1973-1975 and also as a member of the ethics committee. He served on the Connecticut Public Transportation Authority from 1975-1980; as a member of the Connecticut 4-H Development Fund from 1973-1975; as cubmaster for Pack 94, Fairfield, from 1965-1969; as assistant scoutmaster for Troop 94, Fairfield, from 1970-1971 and as scoutmaster for the troop from 1971-1973. He also was a member for the Conservation/Inland Wetlands Agency for the Town of Fairfield from 1998-2013 and has published a guide to Fairfield’s walking and hiking trails. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree and serves in the Bishop’s Color Guard.
He is the recipient of the State of Connecticut 4-H Alumni Award, 1973; the Holy Family Guild Award, Diocese of Bridgeport, 1988; the 2009 Fairfielder of the Year Award; and the 2009 Strong Community Builder Award from the Fairfield YMCA.
He and his late wife, Kathleen, have seven children.
CAPP was founded in 1993 to encourage business people, academics and other professionals to study and promote Catholic social teaching. It is named for Pope John Paul’s encyclical of the same name that marked the 100th anniversary of the landmark papal document on social responsibility, Rerum Novarum. The Diocese of Bridgeport is one of three pioneering dioceses in the United States to establish a chapter.