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LEE, Herbert C. Of Palm Beach, Florida, formerly of Boston, MA. passed away at age 97, early in the morning of April 4, 2012. He grew up in Newark, New Jersey, son of Nathan and Sally Leibowitz. At a young age, he displayed a life long adventurousspiritjumping freight trains across the country between summers of his teenage years. He began his career as a Merchandise Manager at Bamberger's Department Store in Newark, and then Kobacher's in Columbus, OH, where he met his future wife, Mildred "Micki" (Schiff). They were married for 68 years before her death in 2009. After joining the Coast Guard, he transitioned to the Navy during WWII, where he served as a Lieutenant and Assistant to the Director of Technical Intelligence. He authored several books, including survival manuals for downed pilots, and ship identification for naval personnel at sea. After the war, he joined the family business, Shoe Corporation of America, founded by his father-in-law Robert Schiff, where he served as Vice-President of Manufacturing, and a member of the Board of Directors. He served in the same capacity at A.S. Beck, and as President of Shoe Corporation of Canada. Subsequently, he served as President of Clark Shoe Company, a manufacturer of women's high fashion footwear, and MDA,Inc., an importer of women's shoes where he developed the American market for the Espadrille. Herb was active in many philanthropic activities, including serving as a Board Member of both the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston, and Beth Israel Hospital. He was a long term supporter of Brandeis University, where he was inducted as a Fellow. In his later years, he was particularly proud of his work with the Fellowship of ChristiansandJewsin Palm Beach, Florida, where he was recently honored as Man of the Year. He is survived by three sons, Thomas H. Lee (Ann Tenenbaum) of New York City, Richard S. Lee of Martha's Vineyard, and Jonathan O. Lee (Barbara C. Lee) of Brookline, Ma. He is also survived by his seven grandchildren, Zachary, Robbie,Suzanna,Alexander, Jesse, Nathan, and Rosie. Funeral Services will be held at Temple Israel, 477 Longwood Ave. Boston, (Parking on the Riverway) on Monday, April 9, 2012 at 1:00 pm. The family will be greeting visitors at the home of Jonathan and Barbara Lee on Monday between 4:00-9:00pm and on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 between 5:00-9:00 pm. Donations can be made in his honor to the Palm Beach Fellowship of Christian and Jews, 251 South County Road, Palm Beach, Florida 33480. Levine Chapels, Brookline 617-277-8300 www.levinechapel.com

Published in The Boston Globe on Apr. 6, 2012
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