He had prepared for Princeton at John Burroughs School in St. Louis, where he was active in soccer, publications, and dramatics. At Princeton he majored in English and wrote his thesis on “William Faulkner: A Search for Order.” A member of Campus Club, he was active in Whig-Clio and enjoyed playing the piano, writing, and painting.
After two years at Washington University School of Medicine, he had a successful business career spanning more than 50 years, first as an executive with Gardner Advertising and Ralston Purina and subsequently in real-estate development with E.W. Ellermann.
A world traveler and connoisseur of music, art, literature, opera, theater, and film, Lee was blessed with style, charm, and wit, which endeared him to his large circle of friends.
Lee is survived by his daughter, Laureson Z. Skae; two grandchildren, Courtney Carl Nelson and Alexander Carl; and a great-grandson, Maddox Nelson.