Richard McLeish Lee – Major, United States Army

From a contemporary press report

Richard McLeish Lee, 78, a retired Army major who taught in the ROTC program at Howard University and later was a training specialist with Pride Inc. youth program, died July 31, 1998 at the Veterans Affairs Nursing Home in Charlotte Hall, Virginia. He had Alzheimer's disease.

He was a native of Washington and a graduate of Dunbar High School. He attended Virginia Union University, Howard University and Roosevelt University.

Major Lee served in the infantry in Europe during World War II and in Korea during the Korean War. His honors included a Purple Heart.

After he retired from the Army in 1965, he was a community relations specialist. He worked for Pride in the early 1970s and then moved to Baltimore, where he worked for the city school system until 1982.

His marriages to Evelyn Cunningham and Delma Lee ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of 22 years, Beautine Hubert Lee of Baltimore; a son from his first marriage, Richard C. Lee of Hinesville, Ga.; three children from his second marriage, Ronald Lee of Gainesville, Ga., Gretta Lee of New York and Debra Lee of Washington; and two grandchildren.


On Friday, July 31, 1998, beloved husband of Beautine Hubert Lee; and father of Richard C. Lee of Hinesville, GA, Ronald Lee of Gainesville, GA, Gretta Lee of New York City and Deborah Lee Coleman of Washington, DC. Also surviving are his sister, Laura Lee Spencer; two grandchildren; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. On Wednesday, August 12, at 1 p.m., funeral services will be held at Rankin Chapel on the campus of Howard University. Interment Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Alzheimer's Association of Central Maryland, 1850 York Rd., Timonium, MD 21093.

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