Always on the Move
A safari last year. Paris in May. Skiing in Chile in July. Did Stuart Lee ever sit still? Apparently not. On Sept. 10, in fact, he and his wife returned from a trip to Japan and his native Korea. Good thing he had a travel agent handy — his wife, Lynn Udbjorg.
"He loved the best of everything," whether Champagne, Cuban cigars, or sushi, his wife said. (She had a sushi chef at his memorial service.)
For all Mr. Lee's travels, New York was his favorite city — especially the neighborhood where they lived, the East Village, with all its diversity. "He always liked Scandies" — Scandinavians — said Ms. Udbjorg, a native of Norway. "And he ended up marrying one."
After growing up in Vancouver, Canada, where his family moved when he was 6, Mr. Lee, 30, came to this country, later becoming a bond analyst and then a vice president at DataSynapse, a software company. On Sept. 11, jet lag and all, he was up early for a technology conference at the trade center.
An avid skier, he had long talked of going to Whistler, north of Vancouver, with a group of skiing pals. Now the others will do it. "This year we're going for him," his wife said.
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on December 1, 2001.