Lee Raymond Dice was born July 15, 1887, in Savannah, Georgia. He graduated from Washington State College Preparatory School in 1907, received his B.A. from Stanford University in 1911 and his M.S. (1914) and Ph.D. (1915) from the University of California.
Before coming to the University of Michigan in 1919, Dice taught zoology at Kansas State College, was a zoologist at Kansas Agricultural Experimental Station, was assistant professor of biology at the University of Montana, and assistant in zoology at the University of Illinois.
He began at the University of Michigan as curator of mammals in the Museum of Zoology and instructor in zoology. He was promoted to assistant professor in 1928, associate professor in 1934, and full professor in 1943. In 1927, he had also become research associate in the Laboratory of Mammalian Genetics, later director of the Vertebrate Genetics Laboratory in 1934, and director of the Institute of Human Biology in 1950. In 1942, he founded the U-M Medical Center's Heredity Clinic.
Dice was a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; American Society of Mammalogist (Vice-President 1947-51); Nature Conservancy (President 1948); American Society of Human Genetics (President 1950-1951); Ecological Society of America (President 1936-37); Society of Systematic Zoology (President 1949-50); Society for the Study of Evolution (Vice-President 1947-48, 1953-54); American Eugenics Society; British Ecological Society; Genetics Society of America; American Society of Naturalists; Society of Vertebrate Paleontologists; Member of the Board of Trustees of Cranbrook Institute of Science and of the Advisory Committee of the animal Welfare Institute.
He was the author of numerous scientific papers and of three books: Biotic provinces of North America; National Communities; and Man's nature and nature's man-the ecology of human communities.
He died January 31, 1977.