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February 18, 2013
I knew Lee as a journalist first. He was precise and demanding as an editor, but also fair and careful, a mentor to younger less-experienced journalists. He was also a good friend, an interesting person. He liked to argue politics, but even if you didn't agree with him, he wasn't obnoxious. He didn't choose his friends because of their politics. He loved books and music and had a great collection of both. He like good food. He talked often of his Gretchen, proud of her accomplishment and beauty, but mostly proud of the caring, sweet person she had become. His granddaughters were obviously an extension of this love.
February 17, 2013
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.
February 15, 2013
I worked with Lee at the Houston Chronicle. He was a genuinely nice guy, a fine newsman. It was a pleasure to work with him.
February 15, 2013
Lee was so nice to me when I was a young fool out of college starting my first job, He was joyful and fun, and though I had not seen him in years, I am so sad to hear he is gone.
February 14, 2013
He will always be remembered as a talented journalist with high standards. I will never forget the Sunday night I was working a rare weekend shift with him and we got word that the vice president had shot someone in Texas in that crazy hunting accident. Despite the late notice,we worked to pull together a good story. He will be greatly missed! Cindy Horswell
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