Dr. Richard E. Ice, former American Baptist Homes and Caring Ministries chair and board member, died on March 15 at his home in Alameda, Calif. He was 83.
From 1972 to 1995, Ice (pictured right) was president and CEO of ABHCM member organization ABHOW, a nonprofit senior living organization based in Pleasanton, Calif.
Ice was active on ABHCM’s board for at least 25 years. He held multiple positions, including those of president, treasurer, vice president and finance committee chair. Ice acted as the association’s representative to the ABC Institutional Support Program National Committee, where he served as committee chair, among other roles. Ice received the American Baptist Homes and Hospitals Association Special Merit Award for his work in the development of ABHOW.
He became the director of church extension for the Washington Baptist Convention in 1959 and held executive positions with the American Baptist Churches of the West until 1972. He also served as deputy executive secretary for American Baptist Home Mission Societies. During his eight years with the Societies, he was also director of loans and treasurer.
Ice was a faithful giver and supported organizations that were dear to him. He chaired the board of trustees at Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore., from 1994 to 2004, and chaired the board of the American Baptist Seminary of the West from 1987 to 1995.
A defender of religious freedom, Ice served as a board member with the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty for 40 years, representing the American Baptist Churches USA. In 2011, he was awarded the prestigious Religious Freedom Award, which is presented biannually by the American Baptist Home Mission Societies to honor an organization, church or individual who demonstrates leadership in defending religious liberty.
Ice will be remembered for his contributions in the field of aging services, as well as his influence in education and American Baptist leadership. His professionalism, thoughtful judgment, mentorship and ready wit will be missed by all. Find out more about the life of Dr. Richard Ice here.
Peace and blessings,
The Rev. Garth Brokaw
ABHCM Board President