Dr. John C. Lee
Dr. John C. Lee

4/28/1934 - 4/30/2021

John C. Lee, beloved husband, father, and grandfather passed away at the age of 87. He was married to the late Lucy M. Lee, his wife of 53 years. He is survived by his daughters, Madeline (Robert Schmid) of Pasadena, CA, Clare of Los Angeles, CA, Angela (Walter Weber) of Alexandria, VA, Noël (Michael Chassé) of San Francisco, CA; son, John of Huntersville, NC; and eight grandchildren. Survived by sister, Jocelyn Lee and numerous nieces and nephews and preceded in death by brothers, Pai Lin Li and Sydney Lee.

Born on April 28, 1934 in Hong Kong to Yuen Sang Lee and Sui Lin Lam, he graduated with a B.A. degree from University College at the University of Toronto and received his M.D. degree from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. He completed his Residency and Fellowship at Mayo Clinic and Mayo Foundation, Rochester, Minnesota, and University of Minnesota. He was awarded the post-doctoral degree of M.S. in Medicine.

He married Lucy in 1961 and resided in Minnesota, New Mexico, and Hawaii before settling in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1969. He was in partnership practice at Springer Clinic where he established the Section of Hematology and Oncology.

He volunteered as Clinical Instructor at the University of Oklahoma and served on the Medical Advisory Board of the American Red Cross Blood Bank, Tulsa Chapter. He was a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, Doctors Mayo Society and recognized as Mayo Alumni Laureate in 2000.

Some of his summer jobs in his college years included being a train conductor in Canada and working for the Canadian fisheries department studying how to control invasive sea lampreys. As a young college student, he was eager to explore the U.S. and took a cross country bus trip from Canada through the U.S. visiting cousins and learning more about the country's culture. He enjoyed taking his family on trips to visit relatives far and wide and shared his love of adventure and travel.

He retired in 1989. In his later years, he took Lucy, an avid Detroit Tigers fan, to spring training in Florida and had a memorable time. His last big trip was to the Galapagos in 2014, where he enjoyed seeing the unique environment. After Lucy passed in 2014, he spent the last six years in California with his daughter, Clare. He liked keeping up with the stock market, exploring Los Angeles and enjoying the abundance of Chinese cuisine.

The funeral will take place on May 17th at 9:30am at St. Philip the Apostle Church in Pasadena, California. Our father will be interred next to our mother at Mount Comfort Cemetery in Alexandria, Virginia. Due to the pandemic, the service will be livestreamed. Online condolences and livestream information can be found at www.cabotandsonsfh.com.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the University of Toronto, Hong Kong Scholarship Foundation at www.engage.utoronto.ca. This foundation can be found under the following categories on the link: Special Projects, Initiatives and More, Hong Kong Foundation, Hong Kong Scholarship.

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Published by Tulsa World on May 10, 2021.
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