His books include The Inner War, an analysis of several contemporary poets; Growing into Goodness, a collection of essays exploring the history of Quaker education; The Unequal World We Inhabit: Quaker Responses to Terrorism and Fundamentalism; and We Learn to Swim in Winter, a collection of his poems. As the literary executor for Denise Levertov, Lacey co-edited (with Anne Dewey) Levertov’s Collected Poems, her final volume. He received numerous awards for his teaching and Quaker service, and he found the attention uniformly embarrassing; he always believed he was falling short of the example set by colleagues and institutions he admired.
Paul is survived by his wife, Margaret Smith Lacey of Richmond; daughter, Mary Lacey (Tony Bohnert) of Richmond; son, Patrick Lacey (Bill Grant) of New York; sister, Elaine Schock (Tom Plunkett) of Philadelphia; treasured in-laws and out-laws; nieces and nephews; grand-nieces and grand-nephews; honorary grandchildren; and a world full of friends. He felt fortunate to make so many new friends at Friends Fellowship Community, and his family is grateful for the mixture of skill and loving kindness shown by FFC's staff, who sustained him in life and ushered him gently into death.
He is preceded in death by his parents; brother and sister-in-law, Ed and Kate White of Philadelphia; sister-in-law, Evelyn Mavromichalis of Cleveland; and son, James Lacey of Richmond.