Lun Lee Yuan
American Cyanamid retiree, devoted family man, loyal colleague
Lun Lee Yuan, 97, was born in Shanghai China in 1923, and passed away on October 9, 2020 in Bethesda, Md.
Lee, as all knew him, earned his undergraduate degree at Jiaotung University in China. After arriving in the United States in 1947, he earned a PhD in chemical engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.
Lee spent his entire professional career with American Cyanamid Company beginning in 1952 to his retirement in 1988, first as a chemical engineer in Stamford, Conn., an executive in their New York and Wayne, N.J., offices, a management specialist across Asia, and General Manager of Cyanamid Taiwan.
Lee was of a last generation of engineer to enter management and remain with the same company throughout his career, finding new opportunities for success and adventure spanning a rewarding 36 years of employment.
In 1980, he was reunited with his parents in Shanghai after a 33-year separation and made many subsequent trips to China to visit his family. After retirement in 1988, Lee settled in Wayne, N.J., where he led several entrepreneurial enterprises in partnership with former colleagues who continued to be lifelong friends.
Lee moved to McLean, Va., in 2014 to be closer to his family and was an avid and dedicated gardener and enthusiastic bonsai practitioner, holding memberships with the Northern New Jersey Bonsai Society, and later with the Northern Virginia Bonsai Society. He was a thoroughly engaged and devoted father, grandfather and great-grandfather, caring brother, uncle and great-uncle, and a loyal friend and colleague to many over the years.
Lee is survived by his wife of 72 years, Rosaline; son Milton (Linda); daughter Nancy; granddaughter Katherine (Douglas); great-grandson Jordan Lee; sister Lorraine Li; as well as nieces and nephews in Shanghai, Toronto, and the U.S.
Virtual service planned for Saturday October 17, 2020. Funeral services provided by Murphy Funeral Home, Falls Church, Va.
Published in The Star-Ledger on Oct. 16, 2020.