William Rice, 100, center, blows out candles on his birthday cake Saturday as two of his sons, Bruce Rice, left, and Tom Rice, hold the cake during a party at the Lathrop Community in Easthampton. Another son, Richard Rice, said his father's goal is to live longer than his grandfather, who lived to be 108. William was a professor of plant pathology and seed technology at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.
Birthday of note
Tom Rice, right, presents his father, William Rice, with a cake for his 100th birthday during a party Saturday at the Lathrop Community in Easthampton. Looking on, left, is another son, Bruce Rice.
William Rice, 100, accepts a gift from Nancy Hibbard, of Hadley, during his birthday party Saturday at the Lathrop Community in Easthampton. They became friends at Amherst Baptist Church.