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Henry N. Lee, Jr.

July 20, 1919 - June 6, 2016

Henry N. Lee, Jr., age 96, of Newark, DE, passed away peacefully on Monday, June 6, 2016.

Born in Lyme, CT on July 20, 1919, Mr. Lee was a son of the late Henry N. Lee, Sr. and Ida L. (Harding) Lee. He bravely served his country as a member of the U.S. Army during WWII in the European Theatre. He has been a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans. A graduate of Brown University, Yale School of Music and Columbia University, Mr. Lee began teaching at the University of Delaware’s Department of Music in 1950 until his retirement in 1984, at which point he was awarded the title of Professor Emeritus.

Mr. Lee served as the organist and choir director at St. Thomas Episcopal Church for 25 years. In his leisure hours, Mr. Lee enjoyed spending time outdoors tending to his flower gardens. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather who will be truly missed.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Lee was preceded in death by his brother, Richard Lee. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Jane S. (Scarborough) Lee; sister, Carolyn Plummer of Lyme, CT; children, Jonathan S. Lee (Joan) of Spring, TX, Thomas C. Lee (Keri) of St. Louis, MO and Melinda Mindy L. Bowman (Peter) of West Chester, PA; and grandchildren, Abigail, Richard, Jessica, Christopher, Jonathan and Andrew.

Funeral services and interment will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mr. Lee’s memory may be made to the Henry Newton Lee, Jr. Family Library Music Fund, c/o the University of Delaware Office of Development and Alumni Relations, 83 E. Main St., 3rd Floor, Newark, DE 19716.


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8 Condolences for Henry N. Lee, Jr.

  • Uncle Henry is so beloved to me. I have so many fond memories as a child of being at Aunt Jane and Uncle Henry’s house – the tire swing, the garden filled with bursting raspberries, the endless property of sun filled picnics with our amazing family. We are so fortunate to have such a close and loving family. We will miss Henry so very much but are so thankful the long journey he had and the joy he shared. Love to all!
    Josie, Brian and Colleen

  • Uncle Henry will be so missed at family functions. He was such a kind and learned man. He sparked my lifelong interest in gardening and I will never forget the garden tours at his house. I will always treasure Uncle Henry in my heart.♡

  • I have many fond memories of Henry while he was a professor. He had a fun sense of humor. He and Jane hosted several Music Department events in their beautiful yard. Jane learned I loved gooseberries and sent me pieces of her gooseberry pie son several occasions.

    Henry gave me all of his organ music to store at First Presbyterian church for organ students to use. His UD student evaluations about his teaching were always full of praise. Henry was always a gentleman.

  • The Lee family was so much a part of my growing up. My heart goes out to Mrs. Lee (piano teacher extraordinaire), Jon and Joan, Tom and Keri, Mindy and Pete and the grandchildren. We share many wonderful memories and he will be sorely missed. May he rest in peace and Rise in Glory!

  • The Lee family was a big part of my early childhood. Playing with Tommy and Johnny in the basement, building forts, or weekend games of “War” the times at Christine Manor are treasured.
    My condolence to the loss of your father.

    Kind Regards,

    Iggy Taylor

  • As a young boy my husband, Dick,spent half of his time over at the Lee farm on Grassy Hill, Lyme, CT. Henry was the older brother of Dick Lee who was best friend of Dick Rosseau. Henry was admired and looked up to by the two younger Dicks because he was known to be a very good student and a serious musician. Henry never forgot to come back every year to keep in touch with the beautiful Connecticut dairy farmland where he had grown up. It was always a great pleasure when he and Jane made their annual summer visit and they will be missed—-their visit gave a chance for great reminiscences of happy
    country life—haying, strawberry shortcake, milking cows, cutting ice on the pond, walking long distances to school and so on. Henry was a dear man and everyone was proud of his musical accomplishments in the academic world.

  • Richard and I will certainly miss Henry. He was a wonderful professor and a true gentlemen. We also sang for him in the choir at St. Thomas’s Parish for many years. Our prayers go out to Jane and the family. May he rest in peace and rise in Glory.

  • I just learned of Prof. Lee’s death from the latest copy of the UD Messenger. I took his thoroughly enjoyable Music Appreciation course at UD back in the late 1960s. I still think of his analysis of Beethoven’s 4th Piano Concerto every time I hear it. He was one of my most memorable professors, and we maintained correspondence through our Christmas cards every year. It saddens me to hear of the passing of this wonderful man.