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Dr. D. William Lee Obituary
Dr. D. William (Bill) Lee of Concord, died on Thursday July 19, 2012 in Boston. Born on October 30, 1927 in Everett, Pennsylvania, he was the son of the late Elten R. Lee and the late Dorothea (Bowen) Lee. Bill is the beloved husband of 57 years of Mary Ann (Paganelli) Lee of Concord. A longtime resident of Concord, Bill moved from Everett to Follansbee, West Virginia at the age of eight. He attended the Follansbee schools, and graduated from Decatur (Illinois) High School, where his family lived for only one year before returning to West Virginia. An avid athlete, Bill played football and ran track in high school and college. A graduate of Bethany College, class of 1951,. he served in the United States Marine Corps twice. He enlisted in 1944 at the age of seventeen and served in China at the end of World War II. After graduating from college, he enrolled in Officers Training School and was commissioned as a first lieutenant in the Marine Corps., he served in active duty combat in Korea and . received a Letter of Commendation for excellent service during operations against the enemy. In 1954, after becoming engaged to his future wife, he retired from the Marine Corps as a captain, and entered M.I.T. where he earned his doctorate in materials science in 1958. Bill worked as a research scientist for DuPont Labs in Wilmington, Delaware from 1958 to 1963, after which he joined the Cambridge consulting firm, Arthur D. Little, Inc. He was the head of Arthur D. Littles Materials Section from 1968, eventually also becoming head of the Physics section as well. He retired from Arthur D. Little as a vice-president in 1988. Bill also served as an active volunteer in the Concord community. A member of the former St. Bernards Parish, he and his wife served on the churchs Human Rights Council. They established and ran a tutoring program for children from Roxburys Emmanuel House on Saturday mornings, which brought inner-city children from Emmanuel House to Concord. for academic tutoring, playtime and lunch on Saturday mornings. He also was a lector, a Eucharistic minister and taught in the parish religious education program with his wife. Bill served actively as a volunteer at Our Lady Help of Christians in West Concord in later years, particularly as a member of the Capital Campaign. For many years after his retirement, Bill volunteered at Emerson Hospital, choosing and hanging art work in the hospitals main hallway, a portion of the proceeds from sales of which went to the hospitals Auxiliary. In 1995 Bill became a member of the board of The Hugh Cargill Trust which provides assistance to those in need in the Concord community. A passionate gardener, his gardens were on the Concord Museum Garden Tour several times. He was also an avid supporter of the performing arts in both Boston and Concord.. In 2003, .Bill and Mary Ann sold their home in Concord after 40 years, and moved to Maine. Here they split their time between Bill's beloved summer home on Great Diamond Island in Casco Bay, where his children, grandchildren and many friends were always welcome, and their winter home in Saco. They also traveled widely, spending a portion of each winter in Taormina, Sicily. Bill and Mary Ann also volunteered at the Saco Food Pantry. In 2011, the Lees returned to Concord to be closer to many of their six children. Bill is survived by his wife, his sister Jane (Lee) Schaefer of Melbourne, Florida, and his six children: Kate Lee-DuBon and her husband Anthony DuBon of Lexington; Jane Elizabeth Lee and her husband Drew Anderson of Portland, Maine; William P. Lee and his wife Mary Candler Freed of Washington, DC; Christopher E. Lee and his wife Patricia of Duxbury; Michael J. Lee and his wife Stephanie of Barrington, RI; and Peter D. Lee and his wife Patricia of Acton. He is also survived by his sixteen grandchildren: Patrick, Caroline, Timothy and Charlotte Padden of Boston; Colin, Austin, Emma, Marianne and Natalie Anderson of New York City and Portland, ME; Nanelle and Isabella Lee of Washington, DC; Aiden Lee of Duxbury; Nicholas and Bowen Lee of Barrington, RI; and Julia and Anna Lee of Acton. Funeral was held on Tuesday July 24th from the Dee Funeral Home, Concord followed by a funeral Mass celebrated in Holy Family Parish, Concord. Interment with military honors followed in the family burial plot in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Concord. Concord's town flag flew at half-staff on Tuesday in recognition of Mr. Lee's service to his country in the United States Marine Corps. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bills memory to The Hugh Cargill Trust at the Town House, PO Box 535, Concord, MA 01742 . Arrangements were under the care of Charles W. Dee and Susan M. Dee, Dee Funeral Home of Concord. To share a remembrance in his guest book please visit www.deefuneralhome.com

Published in The Concord Journal from July 24 to July 31, 2012
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