Lee McRae
1924 - 2016
Lee McRae

June 23, 1924 - June 2, 2016

Lee McRae passed away on the morning of June 2, 2016, just a few weeks before her 92nd birthday. She lived an incredibly active and full life until the very end, and was an inspiration to all who knew her. She will be remembered for her activism and her impact on early music education and performance. She was a founding member of the innovative Walden Center and School, Early Music America, San Francisco Early Music Society and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. A musician, singer, musician's agent, author, peace advocate and music teacher, she was an independent spirit, curious, engaged and inexhaustible.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of over 60 years, Alan McRae. She will be greatly missed by her four daughters, six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, many cousins, nieces and nephews, dear friends and neighbors, and the countless people whose lives she touched.

A Celebration of Life service will be held for family and friends on Saturday, June 25, 3-5, at the Northbrae Community Church-Haver Hall, 941 The Alameda, Berkeley, CA.

Gifts in her memory may be made to Walden Center and School:
Published by San Francisco Chronicle from Jun. 9 to Jun. 12, 2016.
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Celebration of Life
3:00p.m. - 5:00p.m.
Northbrae Community Church-Haver Hall
941 The Alameda, Berkeley, CA
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What an inspiration Lee was for me, as Executive of Ashby Village, and for our community. Determined to continue with her social and physical engagement to the very end, she was an inspiration to many of the members and volunteers of our Village with whom she engaged. She was fun, passionate, and strong willed. One week prior to her stroke Lee attended an Over 90's Tea, chpper and full of spunk as ever. We'll miss her, and are grateful for all that she gave to the many communities to which she was a part.
Andy Gaines
June 19, 2016
Lee and I have shared music-making for many, many years. Countless workshops, play dates and many fond memories. Lee has done so much to promote Early Music in the Bay Area and I have been one of the recipients of her wonderful work. Thank you Lee for being YOU helping me bring music into my daily life. Cheers pj
Pj Savage
June 15, 2016
I met Lee about two years ago shortly after I started playing the viola da gamba. I drove her to a few events and she would tell me the most wonderful stories about her involvement in bringing early music to the Bay Area as well as her instrumental role in children's music education. I was astonished at how much she had done in her life and so impressed by her eternally positive outlook! She will be greatly missed and I send warmest thoughts to her family and friends.
Cindi Olwell
June 14, 2016
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