In the 25 years I've known and worked with Lee, I've never met anyone as kind and generous. He was an outstanding newsman and wonderful human being.
I remember the day he won the Pulitzer and people dancing on their desks at the Clarion-Ledger. He was city editor and I worked under him as assistant city editor. He was a natural leader and brought clarity to the city desk. He stuck to his principles and wasn't afraid to take on the likes of Heraldo Rivera, wagging a finger in his face and telling him to get the story straight. Later he was chosen for a Bagehot fellowship at Columbia University. He returned a staunch supporter of Milton Friedman. From then on he fondly called me his "socialist." He also knew how to have a good time. I remember the trips to the blues festival in Greenville, the Mardi Gras in New Orleans.
He seemed happiest to me after Gretchen was married and gave him his granddaughters.
To say he will be missed is an understatement.