BIDGOOD, LEE, JR.,
November 10, 1921-
December 11, 2013
Lee was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama in 1921 and died at 92 after a short illness. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Catherine, and by their four children: Lee III, Jacksonville, FL; Virginia LeCroy, Huntsville, AL; Thomas, Hockessin, DE; and Camille Bidgood, Daytona Beach, FL. He is also survived by four grandchildren: Jonathan and Alicia LeCroy; Reed and Colby Bidgood, and sister, Anne Tucker of Lexington, VA.
Lee's belief that the US would soon be at war led him to take advanced ROTC while attending the University of Alabama. He was commissioned in 1942 at age 20 as a 2nd Lt. In the 436 Anti Aircraft Artillery. He fought in seven campaigns and two invasions in Africa and the European Theater, and earned the Bronze Star. He was promoted to Captain while serving in army intelligence.
After his discharge from active duty in 1945, Lee returned to the University for a Master's Degree in Chemistry. He worked for DuPont for 32 years, first in research, then marketing. He retired in 1980 and his life-long love of fishing called him and Catherine to New Smyrna Beach for the next 27 years. There, he became a committed environmentalist and was honored by several environmental and other groups.
For years he wrote the weekly column Natural Connections for the Observer. In 1990 he was the recipient of the first Tmima Littner Cohn Award for "Protecting the Quality of Life in Volusia County".
Lee and Catherine moved to Gainesville in 2007 to live at Oak Hammock. He continued writing op-ed columns and letters to the editor on environmental issues and especially Climate Change which he felt is the most important event happening in our world today.
He will be missed.
Published in Gainesville Sun from Jan. 4 to Jan. 5, 2014