He was the son of Lawrence L. Smith ’36 and prepared for Princeton at the Peddie School in Hightstown, N.J. He majored in Spanish literature and wrote his thesis on Pio Baroja. Lee played freshman lacrosse, was treasurer of the Spanish Club, and dined at Colonial Club. He roomed with Kenneth Alonso.
Lee became a master teacher of Spanish in secondary schools. He began at the Darrow School in New Lebanon, N.Y., and the Collegiate School in Richmond, Va. Lee then spent 30 years at Chestnut Hill Academy in Philadelphia, where he taught and inspired his students with passion and skill. He was known for a participatory approach to learning language, administering real-world exams during trips to Spain.
Lee was a beloved leader of The Players theatrical group at Chestnut Hill, inspiring some members to pursue their art professionally. He received the alumni Shuttleworth Award for having the most beneficial influence on them after graduation. Lee was made an honorary alum of Chestnut Hill. He embodied Princeton in the nation’s service and humanity’s service.
Lee was predeceased by younger brother Neil. He is survived by sister Phoebe; brother Stuart; and seven nieces and nephews to whom he was devoted. Lee will be deeply missed.