Fly Like an Eagle
When joining the Forever Gonzaga Society with a gift made through his estate plan, Matt Rice '78 shared the following reflection of the life-altering impact an Eye Street education had on his father, Fred Rice '40, and, by extension, the entire Rice family.
"Our father and mother penned an autobiography entitled Years of Bliss. Their intention was to document and share life reflections through their 'rearview mirror.' Insights and idiosyncrasies, traditions and beliefs were shared and discussed with friends and family. One chapter of this autobiography, entitled Fly Like an Eagle, shows the impact of the high school experience on our father."
"My first recollection of Gonzaga is of the 1936 'Competitive Exam.' Naturally I would recall that test because I was one of the four lucky ones to win a full academic scholarship. What a shock and an ego-booster, as I wasn't considered one of the brighter students. Prior to being awarded a scholarship, I never dreamed that a Gonzaga education was a possibility. Due to the Great Depression, the tuition was much more than my family could afford. Being awarded a scholarship changed the course of my life. As I look back on the mosaic of my life, the Gonzaga years dominant like a search light, penetrating, influencing and molding the subsequent years with subtle reminders of the Jesuit impact on me both spiritually and materially."
In his senior year, Fred Rice was named to the All-Metropolitan basketball team and was selected the Most Outstanding Student by The Washington Post. He is a member of the Gonzaga Alumni Association Athletic Hall of Fame.
By including Gonzaga in your estate plan, you ensure deserving students like Fred Rice have access to a quality education for years to come. Contact Daniel P. Costello ’72 at 202-336-7174 (office) or email@example.com to learn more.
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