Lee Boice graduated from Kingston High in 1943. He played football for three years and golf for four. After high school, Lee served in the Navy for three years during World War II. He served on the USS Charger, Ticonderoga, Randolph, and Princeton where he won the American Theatre Medal, the Victory Medal, the Philippine Liberation Medal, and the Asiatic Pacific Medal with three stars. After serving in the military, Lee attended Ithaca College where he graduated with a B.S. in Physical Education and Health. While at school, he played football and golf, including a season with the undefeated golf squad.
He took graduate classes at Syracuse and Ithaca while working in the Lyons Central School District. He taught there from September of 1949 until June of 1983. He originally worked as the 9th grade social studies teacher, but he wore many hats during his stay at Lyons. He was the coach of the football, golf, basketball, bowling, wrestling, and tennis teams. Additionally, he worked as the athletic director for a time.
Lee was also the president of the Lyons Teacher’s Association, the president of the Wayne County Athletic Association, secretary treasurer of the Wayne Finger Lakes Football Association, and a Section V Wayne County Football Representative. He has been involved with St. Michael’s Church Council, the Lyons Community Center board, the Sodus Bay Jr. Sailing Association Board, and has been a life member of the PGA of America. In 1980, Lee and his wife Mary were named Chamber of Commerce Citizens of the Year for their outstanding contributions to the community.
He has been married to Mary for 61 years. They have raised 8 college-educated children together. Lee says that Lyons was “blessed with a lot of fine coaches and teachers,” and that he commends Lyons for the preparation of his children because it let them “further their education and be successful.”