Laurence S. Bolchoz, a retired Charleston area teacher and school administrator, died Wednesday. He was 90.
Born Aug. 15, 1923 in Charleston, Bolchoz was the son of Frederick Bolchoz and Elizabeth Manning Bolchoz. He graduated from Bishop England High School and earned his bachelor's degree from The College of Charleston after serving two years in the Army during World War II. He earned his master's degree in education administration from the University of South Carolina.
Bolchoz spent sixty years in the education field, including being a teacher and assistant principal with Chicora High School, principal with Hunley Park Elementary School, assistant principal with Bishop England High School and French teacher with C.E. Williams Middle School. He was also an adjunct professor of education with The Citadel and director of middle schools with the Charleston County School District.
In 1970, U.S. Sen. Ernest F. Hollings appointed Bolchoz as a S.C. delegate to the White House Conference on Children, forums that explored issues affecting the health and education of children under age 14 years.
Bolchoz served the local Catholic community as an interim superintendent of schools for the Catholic Diocese of Charleston and as president of the school board with Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church.
Survivors include his wife, Alice Degnan Bolchoz; son Laurence S. Bolchoz Jr. and daughters Elizabeth Corbett Kennerty and Mary Anne Bolchoz Tucker.
There will be a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Friday at Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church of Charleston with the Rite of Committal to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery of James Island.
James A. McAlister Funeral Home of Charleston is handling the arrangements.