Dr. Edwin Hoffman Rhyne

March 28, 1928 - July 10, 2015
Dr. Edwin Hoffman Rhyne

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Edwin Rhyne, Long-Serving William and Mary Faculty Member

Dr. Edwin Hoffman Rhyne of Williamsburg died July 10, 2015, after a long illness.

Dr. Rhyne was born in Hickory, N.C., in 1928 and raised in Clemson, S.C.

He received a bachelor of science degree from Clemson College and a masters and PhD in sociology from the University of North Carolina. He joined the faculty at Wil-liam and Mary in 1954 and spent his career as a professor in the Department of Sociology, retiring in 1999. At the time of his retirement, he was the longest-serving faculty member in the history of the college.

Dr. Rhyne was married to Laura Gem Holmes of Adel, Ga., from 1952 until her death in 1991. He married Gwynn Prideaux of Richmond in 1999. He was a devoted Friend of Bill for 33 years.He is survived by his wife Gwynn Prideaux, sisters Dorothy Blyth and Emma Lee Patterson, daughters Elisabeth, Rebecca and Megan Rhyne, sons-in law Jim Coates and Mike Parker, grandchildren Daniel, Eleanor and Gordon Coates and Dellinger Parker, and great-grandson Simon Coates. He is also survived by his step-sons Jeff and Paul Prideaux and their families.

A reception will be held at Bucktrout Funeral Home on Saturday, July 18 at 4:00pm, and a memorial service at William and Maryís Wren Chapel on Sunday, July 19, at 3:30pm.The family thanks the staff of WindsorMeade Health Care for the kind and competent care they gave Dr. Rhyne during his illness.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that any expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to the Virginia Coalition for Open Government, P.O. Box 2576, Williamsburg VA 23187.


Saturday, July 18, 2015
2:40 PM - 2:40 PM

Bucktrout Funeral Home - Directions
4124 Ironbound Road
Williamsburg, VA 23188


Sunday, July 19, 2015
2:40 PM

Wren Chapel - Directions

Williamsburg, VA 23185

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  • July 20, 2015
    Gail Peck says:
    Megan, So sorry to see your father passed away. Sending condolences to you and your family.

  • July 18, 2015
    Zoe Ann Corrales says:
    My deepest sympathy to all of the Rhyne family, especially Gwyne Prideaux my childhood friend.

  • July 17, 2015
    Mickie McGuill says:
    Quietly from a distance, I bear witness to your loss and grief appreciating the part and influence he had in your lives leaving a loving imprint in your heart and memories.

  • July 20, 2015
    Janet Brinkley says:
    Rebecca I am so sorry for your loss. May your memories and love keep your father with you for years to come.