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Gerald K. "Jerry" Lee Architect and resident of San Francisco, passed away due to complications from a traumatic brain injury on March 19, 2012 surrounded by loving members of his family. He was 77. Born in Watsonville, California on August 17, 1934, Jerry grew up in Berkeley and received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1960. He served in the U.S. Army from 1958 to 1960. During his distinguished career, Jerry earned a reputation for his sophisticated and visionary designs, through which he demonstrated a broad range of architectural expression. He began his career working with his friend and mentor Joseph Esherick and eventually co-founded LDA Architects in San Francisco, serving as its Partner in Charge of Design since 1984. Jerry's design accomplishments have been highlighted in professional periodicals and his exemplary presentation techniques are featured in reference publications. Most notable among his many projects are the Mei Lun Yuen Chinatown Housing, Pier 45 Development Proposal, SFO AirTrain Stations, Citizens Utilities Company of California, and his collaboration on the San Francisco Asian Art Museum and Yerba Buena Gardens Children's Center. His discerning design talents further extended to landscape design, furniture design and the graphic arts, and he fostered those talents in others by returning to his alma mater as an adjunct faculty member in the College of Environmental Design, where he guided and inspired the next generation of visionary designers. Jerry's artistic and aesthetic sensibilities were also evident in his other interests. He was the art editor of California Pelican (UC Berkeley's humor magazine) and art director for the movie Dim Sum: A Little Bit of Heart. Jerry's coveted art collection, from abstract expressionism to pop art, and other eclectic collections such as Hawaiian shirts, folk art and classic Bauhaus furniture, all reflect his delight in the thought provoking, whimsical, cultural and beautiful. His love of dancing, in particular West Coast Swing, embraced his passion for the art of movement and expression. His adventurous pursuit of great food - from street vendors to five-star restaurants - was motivated by his deep appreciation for the culinary arts. A consummate world-traveler, Jerry immersed himself in the art, architecture, culture and cuisine of each country he visited. The son of On Lun and Alice Dong Lee, Jerry is survived by and deeply missed by his siblings Ronald Lee, Wayne Lee and Brenda (Lee) Wong; by his extended family; and by his widespread network of close friends and colleagues, all of whom cherished his love, insight, advice and affirmation. A private interment was held at Chapel of the Chimes Oakland. For those wishing, a memorial contribution in Jerry's honor may be made to the Asian Art Museum or the Chinese Historical Society of America.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Apr. 22 to Apr. 25, 2012
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