He was born in Boston and attended the Taft School, where he was president of the drama society, art editor of the literary magazine, and played JV hockey. He graduated summa cum laude and won the history and art prizes. His older brother, Peter, was Princeton ’56.
At Princeton, Lee majored in architecture, designing “A Summer Theater for Princeton” as his senior thesis. He ate at Charter and spent four years with the Triangle Club, working on the technical side and becoming the first “crew hand” to be elected its president senior year. He stayed at Princeton, earning an MFA in 1966.
Lee joined a mid-sized commercial architectural firm, SMS Architects, in Stamford, Conn. He remained with the firm for 30 years, becoming its president, and after it merged with a large, international firm, Perkins Eastman, Lee became a partner in that firm until retiring about 12 years ago.
Lee was married twice; some years after the death of his second wife, Lee and Marion Stegner became a committed couple, living together in Greensboro, Vt., where Lee served on the boards of the land trust and historical society. Marion passed away in 2017.
In his spare time, Lee was an “artisan, builder, planner, photographer, angler, and modeler of boats and trains,” according to his son, Scott, as well as a wonderful father.
The class extends condolences to Scott and to Lee’s daughter Betsy.