Paul Lee

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Lee, Paul M June 6, 1919 - July 13, 2012 Paul Lee passed away quietly in his sleep on Friday, July 13, 2012 in Tustin, California. Paul was a long time resident and promoter of the Los Angeles Area. He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah but moved with his family to Pasadena in the 1920?s. He attended elementary school in Pasadena and was proud to have had Jackie Robinson as a classmate there and later at UCLA. He graduated from Polytechnic High School where he was elected to the Ephebian Society and from UCLA with a degree in Accounting in 1939. After beginning his accounting career with Lockheed Vega Aircraft Corporation, he enlisted in the US Navy in 1942 as a Supply Corp Officer in 1943. He served 18 months on the USS Wadleigh in the South Pacific during 1943 to 1945 in campaigns for the Marshall Islands, Mariana Islands, Saipan and Palau. He survived the hitting of a mine during operations in September 1944 and returned with the ship as it was rebuilt at Mare Island to be re-launched in 1945. He was quite proud of his service on the ship and enjoyed attending many reunions and participating in the American Legion in his later years. He married Edna Ruth Andrews in Harvard Chapel on July 3, 1943, just before sailing on his initial cruise. After World War II he returned to Los Angeles at Arthur Anderson and Company where he was instrumental in starting the Administrative Services practice that eventually grew into the Accenture Consulting Firm. He left Arthur Anderson in the early 1950?s to be CFO at Pacific Freight Lines which he helped sell to Southern Pacific Railroad to augment their trucking operations. During this time he and wife Ruth began a family of five children and moved into the community of South San Gabriel where he was a 60 year resident. In 1955 he founded his own Accounting firm of Lee, Sheridan and Company which survives today as Lee, Sperling, Hisamune Accountancy Corporation in Glendale, California. He was a supporter of many organizations in the Southern California Area but was particularly interested in the United Methodist Church, UCLA Alumni Association and the American Legion. He was proud of the achievements of his children and grandchildren and spent many hours attending their school activities and performances. He was sincerely interested in other people and made friends with people across all walks of life and circumstance in which he found himself. For the last three years he enjoyed the Cranbrook Senior Living home in Tustin until the last few months when his mind and body began to gradually fail. He was preceded in death by his parents, his two sisters and a brother, his wife, Ruth Lee, and two children, Martha Lee and John Lee. He is survived by three children, David Lee, Miriam Lee Johnson, and Mark Lee; six Grandchildren, Derek Johnson, William Johnson, Joanna Johnson, Jacqueline Lee, Andrew Lee and Christine Lee Vorobieff; and one great Granddaughter, Kate Vorobieff. All of them along with his friends will miss him greatly. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 18, 2012 at 10:00 am at the Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 1201 Irvine Blvd, Tustin California 92780 with refreshments to follow at the church. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in the name of Paul Lee, 1262 Bryan, Tustin CA 92780 to the City of Hope.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on July 22, 2012
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