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Charles Willson Lee ’43

Charles Willson Lee ’43, February 6, 2005, at home in Newton, Kansas, from a sudden illness. Charles received a BA in psychology from Reed, and entered World War II in the U.S. Air Force. In 1956, he received an MA in public administration from the University of Minnesota. A two-week temporary position with the U.S. Senate subcommittee on education stretched to 12 years. As a registered lobbyist, he was instrumental in developing many educational programs in the ’60s and ’70s. He directed the Commission for Educational Funding, a coalition of 80-plus organizations. His professional distinctions included 10-year service awards from the U.S. Senate and Department of Agriculture, a national leadership award from the George Washington University Institute for Educational Leadership, and the distinguished service citation from the Council for Exceptional Children. Charles retired in 1982 to Gearhart, Oregon, acting as a consultant to several national organizations, before moving to Newton.

Appeared in Reed magazine: August 2005

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