IN MEMORIAM: Charlie Lee, D.D. '01


Charles Carroll Lee, Jr. (D.D. 2001 and a former member of the Board of Trustees), of Spring Island, South Carolina and Prouts Neck, Maine, died peacefully on November 5, 2015, at the age of 86, surrounded by his children at the family home in Maine. Lee attended St. Bernard's School in New York City, Middlesex School in Concord, Massachusetts, and graduated from Yale University in 1950. After college, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and served as a captain in Korea. Upon returning, Charlie worked briefly for Bates Manufacturing before joining White Weld & Co. in 1955, from which he retired as Vice Chairman upon the sale of the firm in 1978.

Following his retirement, Charlie was involved in several business ventures, both in banking and corporate philanthropy. However, the majority of his time was devoted to service on a variety of school boards, community organizations and numerous affiliations with The Episcopal Church. As well as his service to General as a Trustee, Lee served as the Head of the Board of Trustees at Middlesex School and Far Hills Country Day School; Head of the Vestry of St. John's on the Mountain in Bernardsville, New Jersey; and Senior Warden at Trinity Church in New York City. Charlie and Sally raised their four children in Far Hills, New Jersey and moved to Spring Island, South Carolina in 1998.

Lee was born to Eleanor Hurd and Charles C. Lee in New York City on July 11, 1929. His beloved wife of 59 years, Sally White Lee, died in April of 2014. He is lovingly remembered by his four children and their spouses: Sally L. Swift (and Edward) of Carlisle, Massachusetts; Diana L. Hammond (and Peter) of Perth, Australia; Lucy L. LaCasse (and William) of Scarborough, Maine; and Charles C. Lee, III (and Eliza) of Philadelphia. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, his sister Mary L. Lambert of New York City, and many much loved nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sisters Eleanor L. Congdon and Cynthia L. Russell, and his brother Thomas S. Lee.

He and Sally traveled extensively, visiting over 50 countries, exploring the natural and cultural wonders of the world. Charlie will be fondly remembered for his devotion to his wife Sally, his love of extended family, his wisdom and his wry sense of humor. He enjoyed golf with family and friends (where he showed occasional flashes of brilliance), Sunday night picnics and cribbage games with his grandchildren. All who knew Charlie remember the quiet counsel and compassion that he imparted with humility and grace.

A memorial service for Charles C. Lee was held on November 18 at Trinity Church, New York City.