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Janet Chan Lee, M.D.
Resident of Oakland
Nov. 19 marks the passing of a 'great lady' in every sense of the term. A pioneer in her profession, a patron and donor to many medical and service organizations, balanced by her role as wife and mother.
She was in the forefront as a Chinese American woman in a time when men dominated her chosen profession. Graduating at the top of her class at UCSF medical school thanks to her abilities and the support of her father, she dedicated her life to providing affordable and compassionate care to women and children. Her contributions as a doctor serving the community were recognized in a larger sphere when the directory "Who's Who in America" asked her to be included in its listings.
She embodied the concept of being on call as a doctor 24/7. The arrival of babies was not confined to office hours, and there were many dawns that saw her returning home to snatch a few hours' sleep before returning to the hospital for her rounds and then her office hours. The state of Calif. is populated with children she delivered, many of whose parents honored her by naming their children after her.
After 43 years of practice, she spent her well-earned retirement surrounded by family and friends. As her health declined, she bore it with the same fortitude that she had counseled her patients to use.
Valued by her medical colleagues and with the gratitude of her many patients, this 'great lady' Janet Chan Lee, M.D. and her achievements will be honored on Nov. 29 at 11:00 Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Ave, Oakland. Donations may be made in her name to UCSF medical school so that her legacy to us all may continue.
-A tribute from her loving daughter
"Say not in grief 'she is no more' but live in thankfulness that she was."

Chapel of Chimes

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Published in Inside Bay Area News on Nov. 25, 2012.
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October 29, 2020
I will always remember Dr. Janet Lee. She delivered me into the world and was my doctor as a little boy growing up in Oakland. My mother and I were very poor. She always made us feel loved and welcome. I spoke with her briefly prior to my entering medical school many years ago. She was supportive. I did not know she lived so long or I would have reached out to her again sooner. Hopefully, as a physician, I have been able to get the same care and love to my patients as she did to my mother and I. She will always have a special place in my memory and my heart.

Charles Roman, DO FACOI
Columbus, Georgia
Charles Roman
November 28, 2012
Our deepest sympathy is felt for the family of Aunt Janet. She delivered my brothers & me; my mom Emmy spoke with joy of the train trip during WWII with her brother Uncle Joe to visit her.
Arlene Dea Deeley
November 26, 2012
Aunt Janet truly brought in life and was life's blessing. Wishing the family God's strength and love.
Karen Dea
November 25, 2012
My deepest sympathy to the Lee family. I will always remember the years of service and friendship she and Joe gave to my parents and me.
Claudette Fong Ma
November 25, 2012
The Egger's family would like to thank Dr. Lee for all of her care for our entire family. We thought of Dr. Lee fondly for years with the same old stories of how wonderful she was. We always remember her high heeled shoes coming down the hall. Her caring words. Piercing of ears! vaccinations, coughs and cold. As a family you should be proud of the pioneer and wonderful Doctor she always was.
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