Janice Lauer Rice
November 18, 1932 - April 7, 2021
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Katherine Ellen Rowan
Barbara Toth
Paul Lynch
Anne Crane IHM
Jennifer Morrison
Lucia Colella-Yantosca and Bob Yantosca
Katie Swacha
Huiling Ding
CHARLIE
David Hutton
Michael Gos
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St Thomas Aquinas Center
535 W. State St
West Lafayette, IN 47906
Saturday 4/17, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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St Thomas Aquinas Center
535 W. State St
West Lafayette, IN 47906
Saturday 4/17, 2:00 pm

Janice Lauer Rice died on April 7, 2021, at University Place, where she resided since 2008. She is survived by her beloved husband John R. Rice, her niece, Erica Tierney, (husband John) and nephews, John and Brad Tierney and grand-nephew Hunter Tierney; her stepsons, David Hutton (wife Sherry), Cameron Hutton (wife Ellen) and Dan Hutton…

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Katherine Ellen Rowan left a message on May 5, 2021:
Janice taught me invention, or sets of questions we can ask ourselves before we begin to research and write. That gift made me a much better teacher than I would have ever been otherwise from the early 1980s through today. Thank you to all of her former students who were in touch with Janice throughout her later years. I send kind thoughts and condolences to all her family.
Chris Briggs left a message on April 23, 2021:
To her immediate family in mourning, Janice came to me in a two hour dream last night. She was in her usual role as mentor. I haven't thought of her regularly in years. So I immediately googled her--only to learn that she had died this April. Janice Lauer had an immense influence on my life and taught me important lessons. Like Anne Crane, I knew her at Marygrove College. She was my assigned mentor in the English division during my freshman year, but she made the most significant difference in my life. She saw potential where others saw disappointment. When I moved out from home at nineteen seeking independence, she both found me a job at University of Detroit and found me a place to stay with her niece. No one would rent to us because one of my roommates was African-American. I ended up living in that apartment for ten years. When I completed my undergraduate degree at Marygrove and was clueless about what to do next, she informed me that there was a teaching fellowship available at University of Detroit. That positively shaped the rest of my life. I ended up with a Ph.D in English (thank you, Seymour Gross) and a full-time job at Henry Ford Community College, where I had a fulfilling 32 year career as faculty member, Senate chair, and associate dean. None of this might have happened without her intervention. Janice Lauer saw potential when I experienced despair. She encouraged me to submit an essay to the Marygrove Journal, where I became the first freshman to be published. For the first seven years after I snared a fulltime job, I'd see Janice Lauer at the annual CCC conference, and I'd always send her flowers on her birthday and thank her profusely for her positive intervention in my life. Finally, in New York, she told me flowers were unnecessary--that her interactions in my life were relatively effortless. That was the last lesson she taught me, one I followed for the next three decades. It takes relatively little effort to change the lives of others for the better if you have the appropriate influence. Every time I plucked someone from my class to be in the HFCC honors program, a position that guaranteed them a scholarship to University of Michigan or equivalent colleges, I thought of Janice Lauer. It took so little effort on my part, but it changed someone else's life for the better. Given Janice's profound and unexpected appearance in a dream last night, I believe her spirit continues. Perhaps that offers some comfort to her family that must miss her daily.
Barbara Toth left a message on April 17, 2021:
In memory of Janice Lauer Rice, Barbara Toth lit a candle
Barbara Toth left a message on April 17, 2021:
Janice Lauer was a blessing to me--and many, many, many others I saw her interact with, mentor, teach and help. The world is infinitely more blessed for her life. I was blessed to know her as a teacher, mentor and friend since she was Sister Janice Marie, I.H.M. back in old Detroit. I imagine her now with her family and friends in Heaven--Janice was a firm believer in the Communion of Saints. My words at this sad time don't come easily because Janice's beautiful love and passion for life and other people are too big to be confined in them. Many prayers and a Mass at Holy Cross Hungarian Church in Detroit will be said for Janice and her dear family. May God comfort each of you. May the eternal light shine upon her. May Janice rest in peace. P.S. Thank you for livestreaming the Holy Mass.
Paul Lynch left a message on April 17, 2021:
In memory of Janice Lauer Rice, Paul Lynch lit a candle
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Anne Crane IHM left a message on April 16, 2021:
As graduate students in Ann Arbor, I saw how much fun Janice was. When I was a new faculty member and Janice chaired the Marygrove College English department, she taught me how to organize and teach college level writing classes. When I was Dean of the School of Humanities at St.Edward’s University in Austin, Janice helped us develop a strong English Writing major and a university-wide, 4 year writing program. We recognized her contributions by awarding her an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. She will be missed.
Jennifer Morrison left a message on April 16, 2021:
In memory of Janice Lauer Rice, Jennifer Morrison lit a candle
Lucia Colella-Yantosca and Bob Yantosca left a message on April 14, 2021:
Darling Janice! Eternal rest garnt unto her O Lord and may the perpetual light shine upon you, Amen.
Lucia Colella-Yantosca and Bob Yantosca left a message on April 14, 2021:
Our dearest Janice was a shining light for us, especially for my parents Adele and Roberto Colella who also were at University Place in their their later years. I stayed in touch with Janice and would share with her news of the Focolare family, which she very much enjoyed. Janice had a beautiful capacity of loving each person as they were. I am sure that Our Blessed Mother welcomed Janice into Heaven right away. With love and gratitude to you dear Janice!
Katie Swacha left a message on April 14, 2021:
In memory of Janice Lauer Rice, Katie Swacha lit a candle
Huiling Ding left a message on April 14, 2021:
In memory of Janice Lauer Rice, Huiling Ding lit a candle
Huiling Ding left a message on April 14, 2021:
Dear Janice, thank you for being a wonderful mentor, a ground breaking scholar, and the caring founder of Purdue's Rhet/Comp program. You will be dearly missed.
Heping Zhao left a message on April 14, 2021:
Thank you so much, Dr. Lauer, for being my lifelong mentor.
CHARLIE left a message on April 13, 2021:
THANKS JANICE
Dana Driscoll left a message on April 13, 2021:
Remembering Janice and her incredible life, contributions to our discipline, and impact on her students. My life is forever changed because of her mentoring and support.
Kathy Heaphy left a message on April 13, 2021:
John, so sorry to hear of Janice's death. Peace to you and your family.
David Hutton left a message on April 13, 2021:
In memory of Janice Lauer Rice, David Hutton lit a candle
Michael Gos left a message on April 12, 2021:
Thank you so much, Dr. Lauer. You gave me the life I have. I will never forget you.
Mary Murray McDonald left a message on April 12, 2021:
In gratitude--she gave so much to so many, and what a grace to pass away during the time of Easter joy. Her intense scholarship was always such a great joy to me--seeing all the articles cut out and in cartons and file folders, and spending time in the library with her.
Lee Campbell left a message on April 12, 2021:
Thank you, Professor Lauer. I will always be grateful.
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
B.A. Fahey left a message on April 11, 2021:
Docendo discimus—By teaching, we learn.
Mary Ellen Daniloff-Merrill left a message on April 11, 2021:
Janice has been both a professional model and personal model for me. The significant role she has played in the field of Rhetoric and Composition and in the lives of her students will always be remembered. Thank you Janice, I have always been and will continue to be grateful for all that you have done for me and all that you have taught me.
Anna Kate Hutton left a message on April 11, 2021:
Janice, known to me as Gran Jan, has left a legacy of generosity, knowledge, and love. She shared her kindness and gratitude with everyone around her, and is an amazing example to all her grandchildren for all that we could accomplish one day. I am so lucky to have had her join my family. We will miss her, but her spirit will live on with the many lives she has impacted.
Anna Kate Hutton left a message on April 11, 2021:
Janice, known to me as Gran Jan, has left a legacy of generosity, knowledge, and love. She shared her kindness and gratitude with everyone around her, and is an amazing example to all her grandchildren for all that we could accomplish one day. I am so lucky to have had her join my family. We will miss her, but her spirit will live on with the many lives she has impacted.
Anna Kate Hutton left a message on April 11, 2021:
Janice, known to me as Gran Jan, has left a legacy of generosity, knowledge, and love. She shared her kindness and gratitude with everyone around her, and is an amazing example to all her grandchildren for all that we could accomplish one day. I am so lucky to have had her join my family. We will miss her, but her spirit will live on with the many lives she has impacted.
Helen Foster left a message on April 11, 2021:
In memory of Janice Lauer Rice, Helen Foster lit a candle
Louise Wetherbee Phelps left a message on April 11, 2021:
In memory of Janice Lauer Rice, Louise Wetherbee Phelps lit a candle
Ann & Don Mitchell left a message on April 11, 2021:
We met Janice later in her life when she became part of the local Focolare Movement community. Her belief in God and showing loving kindness for everyone she was with was an inspiration. She always expressed joy and gratitude for her family, friends, colleagues, students and the many adventures, opportunities and blessings she had in her life. Janice was a beautiful, generous and amazing woman, who we will miss very much. Don & Ann Mitchell
Allen Brizee left a message on April 11, 2021:
We will all miss you, Janice. Thank you for everything.
Kelly Pender left a message on April 11, 2021:
Janice was a force of nature, a one-of-a-kind teacher and mentor whose high expectations were matched only by her kindness and generosity. I am so grateful to have worked with her and to be part of the community that she built.
Matt & Cindy Hutton left a message on April 11, 2021:
Janice was truly a beautiful person, inside and out. It was a pleasure to know Janice. Our deepest sympathy to her family. May God Bless.
Bob Lamb left a message on April 11, 2021:
When I came to the Purdue English Department in 1991 as an assistant professor in American literature, Janice was one of the first people to welcome me. Although we worked in different programs, we spent much time together on committees, in her office talking, and having conversations in the hallway. I quickly grew to adore her. Janice had a brilliant mind and could cut through the fog of words to get to the crux of any situation. She had an extraordinary ability to see everything. She created one of the nation's great Rhetoric & Composition programs, and for years carried it on her back. But what I will most remember was her humanity, her kindness and compassion for others, her delightful sense of humor. Janice could light up a room just by her presence. She was as thoroughly decent and empathetic as anyone I've ever known. She was, in every way, a beautiful soul. I miss her terribly and will never forget her. Rest in peace, my beautiful colleague and friend.
Tarez Graban left a message on April 11, 2021:
Dear Janice, The candle is not eternal. At some point, its flame goes out. But when it burns, it burns bright and sharp and long and with a profound sense of purpose and beauty. This is your legacy for us, among us, and within us. Grieving your departure, but ever so grateful for all that you taught me,
Paul Kei Matsuda left a message on April 11, 2021:
In memory of Janice Lauer Rice, Paul Kei Matsuda lit a candle
Joel Wingard left a message on April 11, 2021:
In memory of Janice Lauer Rice, Joel Wingard lit a candle
John and Amy Rice left a message on April 10, 2021:
In loving memory, John
Sofia hutton left a message on April 10, 2021:
Jan has such a big heart and accomplished so much in her lifetime. She will live on in the hearts of all those she touched with her kindness XX
Cynthia Ryan left a message on April 10, 2021:
Janice was remarkable. She was a conscientious do-er, always giving to those she loved and mentored and genuinely caring about the lives her students and colleagues forged. She will be missed by so many, including this Purdue graduate.
Jeremy Tirrell left a message on April 10, 2021:
My family’s condolences on Janice’s passing. She was a pillar of the Purdue community and will be greatly missed.
Janet M. Atwill left a message on April 10, 2021:
Janice’s intellectual commitment to the concept of invention is expressed in her scholarship and, profoundly, in the lives of her students and the complexity of the field of rhetoric and composition she helped to define. She taught us so much and made so much possible for so many.
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Maria left a message on April 10, 2021:
In memory of Janice Lauer Rice, Maria lit a candle
Deborah Font (nee Rankin) left a message on April 10, 2021:
Some of my fondest memories of Purdue are of times spent at Janice's house, which was always warm and inviting to us graduate students.
Soller-Baker Funeral Homes, Inc. left a message:
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