Mrs. Alexander Hamilton Rice, the former Eleanor Elkins, of this city, died suddenly yesterday at her home in Paris. She was 69.
Mrs. Rice's first husband was George D. Widener. He and his son, Harry Elkins Widener, were drowned in the sinking of the Titanic in April, 1912. Mrs. Rice was rescued by the Carpathia. She married Dr. Rice, noted surgeon and explorer, in Boston in 1915.
Mrs. Rice was the daughter of the late William L. Elkins, Philadelphia traction magnate, after whose family Elkins Park is named.
After the Titanic disaster, Mrs. Rice presented to Harvard University the $2,000,000 Widener Memorial Library in memory of her son. She was also the donor of the Harry Elkins Widener Memorial Science building at the Hill School, Pottstown, dedicated in 1931. Her son was a student at both instutions. She rebuilt St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Elkins Park.
Besides her Paris home, Mrs. Rice also maintained residences in New York, Palm Beach and Newport.
She is survived by her husband and two children, George D. Widener, Stenton and Wissahickon avs., and Mrs. Fitz Eugene Dixon, of "Ronaele Manor," Elkins Park, and two grandchildren, Miss Eleanor Widener Dixon, 23, and Fitz Eugene Dixon, 14. Dr. Rice and Mrs. Dixon were in Paris when Mrs. Rice died.