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Lee Stanley Baier ’48

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Lee Stanley Baier ’48, October 13, 2010, in North Yarmouth, Maine, from natural causes. Lee had already begun his studies at Reed when he made the decision to volunteer for the U.S. Army. He was selected to serve with the 20th Armored Division in Europe; after the war, he returned to Reed and completed a BA in general literature. He continued his academic career at Columbia University, where he earned a doctorate in English literature-his specialty was the work of John Milton. In 1958, he met Ursula Howe. They married in Woodlands-Kent, England, the following year, and settled in North Yarmouth in 1966. Lee was professor of English at the University of Maine until retirement. He also was a founding member of St. Bartholomew Episcopal Church in Yarmouth, and for many years played with the recorder choir. He loved gardening, baroque music, and “a finely (and very often a not-so-finely) crafted pun.” His daughter-in-law, Susan Baier, who provided the details for this memorial, noted that Reed was very important to Lee. “He wore a Reed baseball cap until his final days.” Survivors include his wife, sons Matthew and Simon, and his sister, Dorothy Shindler.

Appeared in Reed magazine: March 2011

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