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Jean Lee ’49

Jean Florence Grundy Lee ’49, June 15, 2004, in Mendocino, California, following a stroke. The daughter of English immigrants, Jean attended San Mateo Junior College and the California School of Stenotype. She worked for the Linde Air Products Company in San Francisco before enlisting in the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corp in 1943. For the Auxiliary Corps, she commanded squadrons of 160 enlisted women, and earned the Corp medal, the World War II Victory Medal, and the American Theater Service Medal. She took her discharge in 1946. In 1944, she married Charles Hamilton Lee Jr. ’50, who was a flight engineer and training instructor in the army air force at that time. They then attended Reed for three years, before moving to Boston, Massachusetts, where she studied voice and piano at the Longy School of Music. Charles’ career with General Electric took the couple and their first child to California. Jean became a homemaker and mother with the arrival of a second child. Jean was a woman of faith, who held all creatures in reverence. She was also a remarkable gardener and was keenly interested in politics and the stock market. Survivors include her husband, her daughter and son, and a sister and brother.

Appeared in Reed magazine: November 2004

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