Study Guide

Doc Rice in Out of the Dust

By Karen Hesse

Doc Rice

Doc Rice is the classic country doctor who attends to all the citizens' needs, no matter how big or small. He plays a particularly important role for the Kelby family, as he not only cares for Billie Jo and Ma after their accident, but also cuts out Daddy's cancer and advises Billie Jo to do more with her hands to help them heal.