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Charles H. Lee ’50

May 5, 2015, in Ukiah, California.

Born in Berkeley, California, Charles served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, and then in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. He earned a bachelor’s degrees in physics at Reed, where he wrote his thesis, “Incidence of Neuroticism in Relation to Age, Sex, and Population Density,” with Prof. William Griffith [psychology 1926–54] advising. Charles went on to earn a BS in mechanical engineering from MIT.

He had a 35-year career in rocket engineering, and was accorded a NASA public service award. He and his wife, Jean, retired to Mendocino. Charles loved nature, animals, and the High Sierras. He wrote poetry, essays, a novel, and a book about his mother, who died five days after his birth. He is survived by his children, Alfred  Lee and Katherine Lee ’76.

Appeared in Reed magazine: September 2021

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