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E. Brooke Lee Jr. ’40

Published in Nov. 17, 2004, issue

The class' 50th-reunion P-rade in 1990 was energized by the presence of Beezie and his new family: his second, wife, Debbie, and their children, Sammy and Regina.

On Aug. 20, 2004, Debbie said, he died suddenly and unexpectedly of congestive heart failure. He prepared in Washington and at St. Paul's School, then followed a long list of Lees to Princeton: "Lighthorse" Harry Lee in 1771; Beezie's grandfather, Blair Lee 1880; father E. Brooke Lee '16; and brother Blair Lee III '38. Beezie majored in politics, and won the Walter E. Hope Cash Prize and New York Herald Prize. He lettered on the 150-pound championship football team, served on the Princetonian editorial board, was a member and officer of Whig Hall, director of the Student-Faculty Association, and a member of Princeton Executive Committee and Ivy Club.

During World War II, as captain of a Glider Infantry Company, Beezie served in the European theater. In 1957, he attended the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program. Half of his business life was spent as a marketing executive with Scott Paper and half in commercial real-estate development as president of E. Brooke Lee Jr. Properties.

Survivors include his first wife, Brenda Lee, and their five children; second wife, Deborah Roche Lee, and their two children; 14 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. To them all, his classmates extend deep sympathies.

The Class of 1940

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