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 Eleanor <I>Elkins</I> Rice

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Eleanor Elkins Rice

  • Birth 21 Sep 1861 Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Death 13 Jul 1937 Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France
  • Burial Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Memorial ID 11847693

Socialite. Titanic Passenger. She was the daughter of William Lukens Elkins who married George Dunton Widener. They had a son, Harry Elkins Widener. The three Wideners were on the Titanic on April 15, 1912. George and Harry drowned, Eleanor was rescued by the Carpathia. After the Titanic disaster, she 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, in 1931. Her son was a student at both instutions. She rebuilt St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Elkins Park. At Harvard she met surgeon and Amazon explorer Dr Alexander Hamilton Rice whom she married in 1915. She died at the age of 77 in a Paris department store.

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  • Created by: rjschatz
  • Added: 29 Sep 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 11847693
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Eleanor Elkins Rice (21 Sep 1861–13 Jul 1937), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11847693, citing Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by rjschatz (contributor 46560566) .