The Dallas Journal, Volume 54, 2008 Page: 97
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Obituaries of Dallas Natives in Los Angeles Newspapers
He left an indelible legacy. KOCE-TV/50
continues to provide Orange County with a
wide variety of documentaries, political
discussion shows, educational and children's
programs and news. And it provided Furniss
with his dream job - well-earned and well-
Born in Dallas, he pretty much raised
himself (with the help of the YMCA, he
said), since he was on his own at the age of
After serving in the Marines for two years -
an experience he credited with shaping his
life of organization and self-discipline -
Furniss landed in Southern California,
graduated from Venice High School and
went on to earn master's degrees in
kinesiology and communications
Guess which career path he chose to follow?
While attending Santa Monica City College,
he met Betty Warner. They both loved
tennis and other sports and were married in
After teaching at then-Los Angeles State
College, Furniss was asked to start the
instructional TV program at the then-new
Corona del Mar High School. It was while
there that he got the call from Norm Watson,
at Coast Community College in Huntington
Beach, asking him to help build an Orange
County public TV station on campus.
It was a dream come true.
Furniss believed in mass communication but
wanted it to send the right message. He was
a handsome, outgoing and highly articulate
man who could hold an audience captive
even while speaking of nothing at all. When
attending a speech or debate, he'd sit quietly
at the back of the audience, just watching
and absorbing what each participant had to
say. At the end, everyone asked his opinion,
knowing it would be well-thought-out and
Furniss was an athletic man with a penchant
for natty clothes and shirts that he ironed
himself each morning. He had many friends
and many interests, not the least of which
was jokes, which his steel-trap mind filed by
the hundreds. His years in the Marines left
him with a gift for leadership, organization
and discipline that few will forget. He did
everything competitively and perfectly.
In his final months, he built model ships as a
diversion, patiently and painstakingly re-
creating sailing vessels that are now on
display in glass cases in his Mission Viejo
Los Angeles Times, 11 December 2002
Noted poet and painter born November 7,
1942, in Dallas, Texas, died on December 9,
2002, in New Orleans, after a four month
fight with brain cancer. He was the beloved
husband of Anne O'Brien Rice and the
father of Christopher Rice and Michele Rice
(deceased). He was the son of Mr. Stanley
Rice (deceased) and Mrs. Margaret Rice.
Survivors include his brother, Larry Rice
and two sisters, Nancy Rice Diamond and
Cynthia Rice Rogers. He is lovingly
mourned by other relatives.
Mr. Rice graduated from Richardson High
School in 1960. He attended North Texas
State University before moving to
California. He graduated from San Francisco
State University, where he enjoyed a long
teaching career and served as assistant
director of the Poetry Center and later
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