David Alan LEE(1937 - 2013)


David Alan Lee died at home peacefully in his sleep at his Anchorage, Alaska home on April 17th. His wife Marilyn and friends were with him. He was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor 10 months ago just days after attending his beloved grandson's high school graduation in Ohio. David was born at home in Dayton, Ohio on February 9, 1937 to Robert E. Lee and Marion Lee (nee Shoemaker). He attended Ohio University for one year before joining the Marines for three years. He then completed college at University of Cincinnati. He married his high school sweetheart, Robin and the couple had two beautiful daughters, Meredith and Allison. David got a Master of Social Work degree from Ohio State University and worked in the Mental Health clinic at the VA in Cincinnati for almost 30 years. His work with combat veterans suffering from PTSD was highly respected by the psychiatric and treatment community in Cincinnati. He was a family therapist and also led men's support groups. David and Robin divorced after 20 years of marriage. David married Marilyn in 1986 and together they raised their daughter Star. The family moved to Anchorage in 1997 and David worked at Charter North Hospital and later had part time jobs at the Alaska Club and New Sagaya City Market. He was very active with the Unitarian Fellowship (both in Anchorage and Cincinnati) and served as board president. He had a deep commitment to liberal religious principles. He was a voracious reader and loved discussing books. He leaves behind his wife of 27 years, Marilyn Lee, his younger brother Steven Lee and wife Becky Lee of Dayton, Ohio, daughter Meredith Trombly , husband Jerry Trombly and son Monroe Trombly of Cincinnati, Ohio,. daughter Allison Lee of Cairo, Egypt and daughter Star Lee and husband Leif Roar Nilssen of Norway. Also sister-in-law Sue Samoviski and husband Mike Samoviski of Ohio. He was preceded in death by his parents and infant grandson Victor. The family wishes to thank the local Providence Hospice chapter in Anchorage. Donations in David's name may be made to the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization or The National Hospice Foundation in care of the LGBTQ Caring Connections Outreach Initiative. A "celebration of life" gathering is being planned for early July in Anchorage and another gathering will take place in September in Cincinnati

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Published in The Cincinnati Enquirer on May 26, 2013