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In Memoriam: Henry Lee

Professor emeritus of music dies at age 96

Henry N. Lee Jr., 96, of Newark, professor emeritus of music at the University of Delaware, died June 6, 2016.

Born in Lyme, Connecticut, Prof. Lee was a son of the late Henry N. Lee Sr. and Ida L. (Harding) Lee. He served his country as a member of the U.S. Army during World War II in the European Theatre and was a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans.

A graduate of Brown University, Yale School of Music and Columbia University, Prof. Lee taught in UD’s Department of Music from 1950 until his retirement in 1984, when he was awarded the title of professor emeritus.

Prof. Lee served as the organist and choir director at Newark’s St. Thomas Episcopal Church for 25 years. In his leisure hours, he enjoyed spending time outdoors tending to his flower gardens. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather who will be truly missed.

In addition to his parents, Prof. Lee was preceded in death by his brother, Richard Lee. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Jane S. (Scarborough) Lee; sister, Carolyn Plummer of Lyme, Connecticut; children, Jonathan S. Lee (Joan) of Spring, Texas, Thomas C. Lee (Keri) of St. Louis, Missouri, and Melinda "Mindy" L. Bowman (Peter) of West Chester, Pennsylvania; and grandchildren, Abigail, Richard, Jessica, Christopher, Jonathan and Andrew.

Funeral services and interment will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Prof. Lee may be made to the Henry Newton Lee Jr. Family Library Music Fund.  Please send contributions to: University of Delaware, Gifts Processing, 83 East Main St., 3rd Fl., Newark, DE 19716.  Make checks payable to "University of Delaware" and include on the memo line “in memory of Prof. Lee.” Gifts can also be made on the University of Delaware’s secure website, www.udel.edu/makeagift or by calling 302-831-2104.

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