- Lois West campaigned statewide in her husband's gubernatorial race and became an authoritative voice for physical education during the couple’s tenure as Governor and First Lady from 1971-75.
- She was a 40-year member of the Board of Directors of The Muscular Dystrophy Association of America (MDA) and served two terms as chair, being the first woman to do so.
Winthrop University, "Devoted Alumna, former S.C. First Lady Lois Rhame West Passes Away" (2014). Winthrop News 2014. 91.