Lorraine Boyce has been selected as one of nine 2019 Escondido Forever Legends by the Escondido History Center. A senior from a High School in Escondido will receive the FLAG (Future Legends Award Group) Award in her name and be presented a $1,000 honorarium.
This award, presented in an October 2019 ceremony, is made possible by the \sponsorship of the Rincon Band of the Luiseño Indians.
Lorraine Handy Boyce was born in Los Angeles in 1927. She graduated from Hollywood High School, the University of Southern California with a R.N. Degree, and a Master’s Degree in Nursing Education from National University. In 1948 Lorraine married William D. Boyce, M.D. and in 1954 they moved, with their four daughters, to Escondido from Whittier, California.
Boyce’s early community volunteer involvement revolved around their children. She was a PTA Board member, Girl Scout leader as recruiter and trainer, Red Cross water safety instructor, coordinated Backyard Swim Programs, and participated in the Rotary Exchange Student program. Lorraine was also a member of about seven school bond campaigns with the Bond Booster Club.
In 1968 Boyce started her participation in city government, serving on the city Committee on Housing in Escondido. She was elected to the Escondido City Council from 1970 through 1978 and became the first woman mayor from 1975-1976. Her other regional and State participations, during this time, was the Governor’s Commission for Early Childhood Education, California Commission of Parks and Open Space, and chairman of San Diego’s SANDAG.
Boyce’ was a Co-founder of the Escondido Community Child Development Center, has been a League of Women Voters Board Member, and currently serves on the Escondido Charitable Foundation Board of Directors.
Lorraine Boyce has accomplished so much to improve our city, our children and the health and well-being of all of us. For those reasons she is being honored as a 2019 Escondido Forever Legend.