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Obediah Ashton Trice, Jr.

Obediah Ashton Trice, Jr.

                         Name: Obediah Ashton Trice, Jr.

                         Branch of Service: U.S. Navy


                         Rank: LT Jg

                         Dates of Service: -1945

                         Theater of Service: American, Pacific


Obediah Ashton Trice, Jr., was born on March 19, 1920, in Howardsville, Albemarle County, Virginia; he was the son of Obediah Ashton Trice (1872-1947) and Heather Ellen Elizabeth (Journey) Trice (1896-1986).  By 1930, Obediah, Jr., was living in Scottsville, Albemarle County, Virginia, with his parents and siblings.  Obediah attended the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia, and received his Bachelor of Chemistry degree in 1941,  Obediah married Mary LaRue Delmar on October 7, 1942, in Hopewell, Virginia.  After Obediah was discharged from the Navy in July 1945, he returned to Virginia and completed his Master of Arts degree in 1949 and then joined the faculty of Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia, where he taught as a psychologist for 37 years.   Obediah Ashton Trice, Jr., passed away in Staunton on October 11, 2010, and he is buried in Augusta Memorial Park, Waynesboro, Augusta County, Virginia.

Obediah Ashton Trice Gravestone, Augusta Memorial Park

O. Ashton Trice, Obituary
News Virginian, Waynesboro, Virginia

O. Ashton Trice died quietly October 11, 2010, in Emeritus at Staunton after a long involvement with Alzheimer's disease.  Born March 19, 1920, in Howardsville, he was a son of the late O. Ashton and Ellen (Journey) Trice.

Dr. Trice was educated in the Albemarle County school system and received his bachelor of chemistry degree from University of Virginia in 1941, his M.A. in 1949 and his Ph.D. in experimental psychology in 1951.

He served as a lieutenant in the Navy during World War II, during which he was stationed at MIT, Sacramento, Honolulu and Princeton.  He joined the faculty at Mary Baldwin College in 1949, where he remained for 37 years.  For nearly 20 years, every student at the college took his 'Introduction to Psychology' course during her sophomore year.  He was a staff psychologist at Western State Hospital throughout the 1950s and at the DeJarnette Hospital in the 1960s and 1970s.  He also was school psychologist for Waynesboro schools from 1956-78.

Dr. Trice spent much of his professional life advocating for the mentally ill and mentally retarded.  After his retirement, he devoted himself for 10 years to the care of his wife, who had Parkinson's disease.  He was an ardent fan of baseball, as well as the opera.  Late in life, he was able to see games at a dozen Major League stadiums and hear operas throughout North America and Europe.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, LaRue Delmer Trice, who died in 1996; as well as three brothers, Richard, Robert and Joseph; a sister, Frances Childrey; and two half brothers, Lawrence and Carlisle.

Dr. Trice is survived by a brother, Charles of Charlotte, N.C.; sister, Margaret Smith of Charlottesville; and a son, Ashton Delmer Trice of Staunton.

Arrangements entrusted to the Staunton Chapel of Reynolds Hamrick Funeral Homes & Crematory, 18 West Frederick Street.  Internment will be at Augusta Memorial Park, Waynesboro, Augusta County, Virginia.

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