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“Uncle Cecil, you will be sadly missed, may you rest in peace with your family.Love from,Judith, Mark and Karen ”
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“Cecil was my teacher and mentor while in graduate school in 1973-74 and became friends afterward. He was a gentle, thoughtful man who cared deeply...Read More »
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“Hi Big brother, Rest in peace, we all love you. xoxo Phyllis ”
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Cecil Rice, PhD. of Needham.
Internationally known group therapist, author and teacher, Cecil Rice died on May 5th, at 82, of cancer he had fought valiantly for years. After living through the WWII bombing of his hometown of Belfast, Northern Ireland, and then the Troubles in his homeland, Dr. Rice immigrated to the US in 1964. Here he became well-known as a superb and caring psychotherapist, as well as for his role in co-founding the Boston Institute for Psychotherapy. He was also very active in the Northeastern Society for Group Psychotherapy, which he served as president, and the American Group Psychotherapy, which he served in many positions. He was on the faculty of the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry for many years. Cecil became an expert in treating trauma victims, and he co-founded a group of group therapists who travelled to Northern Ireland for many years to help train mental health professionals there in dealing with trauma.
Cecil was preceded in death by Shirley his wife of more than 56 years, his daughter Catherine, and grandsons Benjamin and Ryan. He is survived in death by his sisters Muriel and Caryl of Belfast, Northern Ireland, Mrs. Dorothy Burnell of Bournemouth, England, and Mrs. Phyllis McClure of East London, South Africa.
A Funeral Service will be held in the Eaton Funeral Home, 1351 Highland Ave., NEEDHAM on Saturday May 13th at 12 noon. Visitation will be held on Saturday from 11 am to Noon prior to the service. Interment will take place at S. Mary's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes donations be made in Dr. Rice's name to: Northeastern Society for Group Psychotherapy, PO Box 356, Belmont, MA 02478