Barbara C. Boyce, former assistant headmistress at St. Paul's School for Girls who was active in several community organizations, died of emphysema Sunday at Blakehurst Retirement Community in Towson. The former Guilford resident was 88.
She was born and raised Barbara Cobb in Louisville, Ky., and earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Smith College in 1939.
She was working as an administrative assistant at Seagram's Corp. in Louisville when she married John C.G. Boyce, an Army officer, in 1942.
After the war, the couple moved to Circle Road in Ruxton and later to Mays Chapel Road in Timonium, and Guilford. Her husband, vice president of Peterson, Howell and Heather, died in 1992, four months before their 50th wedding anniversary, family members said. Mrs. Boyce had lived at Blakehurst since 1998.
In 1959, Mrs. Boyce took what was initially a temporary job at the newly established St. Paul's School for Girls, teaching math and Latin, and retired 25 years later. During her tenure at the Brooklandville school, she also had been a member of its board.
Mrs. Boyce had been an active member and later president of the Smith College Club of Baltimore, and assisted in its annual book sale. She volunteered at Planned Parenthood and had been a longtime member of the Hardy Garden Club, serving as its president from 1973 to 1975.
Mrs. Boyce had been a member of L'Hirondelle Club, Baltimore Country Club. She spent summers at a second home in nearby Wequetonsing, Mich.
Mrs. Boyce was a communicant of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, Boyce and Carrollton avenues, Ruxton, where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday.
Mrs. Boyce is survived by two sons, John C.G. Boyce Jr. of Butler and Sandford Cobb Boyce of Lake Forest, Ill.; a daughter, Amabel Boyce James of New York City; and 13 grandchildren.