College professor; science teacher; civil rights activist.  Born– Jan. 21, 1923, Boothton, Ala. Parents– Joseph Clifton and Mary Belle (Tarrant) Lacey. Married– Theodora Smiley, Apr. 29, 1956. Children– Four. Education– Alabama State College, B.S., 1947; graduate study, Howard University, 1948-1949; Northwestern University, M.A., 1953, Ph.D., 1955. Taught science on high school and junior college levels in Alabama, 1947-1952; University instructor at Grambling College, 1955-1960; Hunter College of the City University of New York, 1960-1968; Herbert H. Lehman College, 1968-86. With his wife, civil rights activist Theodora Smiley Lacey, participated in the Montgomery Bus Boycott and voter registration drive in Alabama. Later participated in civil rights activities in New Jersey, where he lived for many years.  Member– National Science Teachers Association, director, Region IV, 1958-1960; National Association for Research in Science Teaching; American Association for the Advancement of Science; National Institute of Science; New York Academy of Science; Phi Delta Kappa; Beta Kappa Chi. The Central Unitarian Church of Paramus, NJ, established the Archie L. Lacey Endowment in his honor, to support racial justice.  The New York Academy of Sciences awards the Archie L. Lacey Memorial Award in his honor. Died 1986.


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Chemistry of Life.  Scholastic, 1964.

Guide to Science Teaching in Secondary Schools. Belmont, Calif.; Wadsworth, 1966.