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Memorial service set for Frank Trice, professor emeritus

Francis Leadley "Frank" Trice, 74, passed away Tuesday (Feb. 21, 2012) at Highland Hospital in Rochester following a brief illness.

Dr. Trice was born on Dec. 17, 1937 in St. Petersburg, Fla. to Leadley Dagg and Frances Nedda (Wood) Trice. He was a 1955 graduate of St. Petersburg High School. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at Florida State University, his master’s from the University of Rochester and his Doctor of Philosophy degree from Syracuse University.
On Aug. 19, 1978, he married Mary Ann Wright, who survives.

Frank devoted his career to higher education. He joined the faculty of Alfred University in 1968 and rose to the position of associate professor in 1974. In the mid 1970’s he became Chairman of the Department of Modern Languages, where he taught Spanish. In 1983, he was awarded full professor status, and held that position until his retirement in 1999. In 1979, he also embarked upon a career with SUNY Empire State College where he was unit coordinator and long time mentor at the SUNY Alfred Unit of Empire State College.

Dr. Trice founded the Alfred University chapters of Phi Sigma Iota, the International Foreign Language Honor Society and Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society; he chaired the Committee for Modern Language Association and was the Deputy Director of the College Center of the Fingerlakes. He was also a member of the Cooperative Association of Western New York Colleges and Universities.

In addition to his wife of 33 years, Frank is survived by two sons, Andrew Leadley Trice of San Francisco, Cal. and Stephen Charles (Eileen) Busby of Alfred Station; two daughters, Jennifer Louise (Colleen Brown) Trice of Seneca Falls and Robin (Vincent Aftuck) Cressida of Scio; a brother, Paul (Mary) Trice of Tampa, Fla.; a sister, Helen Faulkner, also of Tampa, Fla.; nine grandchildren, Hannah L. Brown Trice, Heath A. Brown Trice, Rochelle Busby, Evan Busby, Alan Busby, Daniel (Erica) Aftuck, Nicole (Justin) Faulkner, Jordan Aftuck and Shelby Aftuck; one great granddaughter, Lexi Aftuck; two nephews, Patrick Faulkner and Michael Faulkner; and one niece, Bonnie Abdellhak.

Frank loved to collect, restore and play vintage banjos, often times to the music of bluegrass, his passion. He was a member of the Alfred Lions Club and the Alfred Rod and Gun Club. But more than these, he was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend.

Friends may call on Saturday from 2-4 p.m. at Baker-Swan Funeral Home, 3256 Riverside Drive in Wellsville. The memorial service will be held on Saturday at 4 p.m. at the funeral home immediately following the visitation. Burial will be in Alfred Rural Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Online condolences may be offered at

Memorial contributions in Frank’s name may be made to David A. Howe Public Library, 155 North Main St., Wellsville, NY 14895.