Billie Ann Perrin Rice
February 16, 1937 – June 7, 2014
|Billie Ann Rice|
The many friends of Ken and Billie Ann Rice were saddened to learn of her death at her Big Canoe home on the morning of June 7, 2014, following a brief illness.
Billie Ann Perrin, the only child of Bill and Kathleen Perrin, was born in Atlanta. She attended Auburn University where she met her husband, Ken Rice. They were married on June 20, 1959. Billie Ann was a math major at Auburn and received a bachelor's degree in applied mathematics in 1959. She also earned a master's degree in mathematics from Auburn in 1961, a second master's degree from Georgia Tech in 1983, and a doctorate in mathematics from Georgia State University.
In a publication from Auburn, this was said: “Billie Ann Rice stands as a testament to the success of utilizing state-of-the-art teaching methods and philosophy in the classroom. After earning her doctorate from Georgia State, she accepted a position at Georgia Perimeter College – then called DeKalb College – where she helped transform the mathematics, sciences and computer curricula of the multi-campus college into a cutting age system. Rice, along with colleague Linda Boyd, led the transformation with the help of two grants. Rice used the grant money over a three-year period, forever enhancing the quality of learning at Georgia Perimeter College. She also used the grant during the second year for the acquisition of new computers and equipment with the intention of offering computer programming instruction. Before, they had little computer equipment and no computing experience and, with the help of Georgia Tech, Georgia Perimeter ended up with the capability to offer computer programming classes for faculty that was broadcast live over a network on all three campuses at the same time.
“From there, faculty learned enough to begin offering basic computer programming instruction to students.”
Billie Ann also taught at Georgia State University and at Georgia Institute of Technology. She was currently active in COSAM (College of Science and Math) Leadership Counsel at Auburn University and it\\this was one of her passions and loves.
Fiercely competitive, innovative, and highly intelligent, Billie Ann Rice became a leader in the business world at a time when it was not common for women to do so. After her success at Georgia Perimeter College, she formed her own company, Computer Systems Resources, Inc. (CSRI) located in the Omni, and during the 1980s, she developed very successful computer software for the legal profession.
Billie Ann was a woman of great faith, serving on the Board of Trustees of Big Canoe Chapel. She and her family were charter members of Big Canoe Chapel. She also served as a member of the Big Canoe Property Owners Association Board. She was a founding member of the local chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution.
Billie Ann was pleased to be caretaker of Mt. Oglethorpe adjacent to Big Canoe's Sanderlin Mountain and the Mt. Oglethorpe property became known informally as 'Billie Ann's Mountain'.
Billie Ann and Ken traveled between their two homes – one in the North Georgia Mountains at Big Canoe and the other on Lake Martin near Auburn, Alabama.
Billie Ann loved her God, her family and her sweet little dogs. She will be sorely missed.
In addition to Ken, her husband of 55 years as of June 20, she is survived by daughters Kathleen Ingram and her husband Bo Ingram of Jasper and Annette Hall and her husband Nelson Hall of Eclectic, Alabama. She is also survived by her granddaughter Emily Ryan, married to Roy Ryan of Auburn, Alabama.
On June 10, a family graveside service was held at1:00 p.m. at the Big Canoe Chapel Cemetery. A memorial service was held at Big Canoe Chapel at 2:00 p.m. on June 10, 2014, with a reception following in Cousins Hall of the Broyles Community Center. Rev. Len Walker, Senior Chaplain, and Dr. Jimmy R. Allen, Chaplain Emeritus, officiated.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Big Canoe Chapel, 10455 Big Canoe, Big Canoe, GA 30143 and/or to Auburn University, (COSAM) College of Science and Mathematics, 249 Sciences Center Classroom, Auburn, Alabama 36841 (Billie Ann Rice Endowment Scholarship).