Lawrence Lee, retired ND engineering professor, dies

Author: Michael O. Garvey


Lawrence H.N. Lee, professor emeritus of aerospace and mechanical engineering at the University of Notre Dame, died March 9 at his home in South Bend after a long illness.He was 84.

A native of Shanghai, China, Lee joined the Notre Dame faculty in 1950.A specialist in research design and metal manufacture, he is remembered as an innovative and brilliant researcher and teacher.He retired from the University in 1993 to enjoy his family and such hobbies as the cultivation of orchids, photography, golf, and Notre Dame football.

Notre Dames president emeritus, Rev. Theoodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., was a friend and frequent visitor at Lees home and bedside during his final days.Its a long way from Professor Lees birth in Shanghai to his death at Notre Dame,Father Hesburgh said.His life included 43 wonderful years during which he blessed this University and its students with dedicated service, and the field of engineering with research breakthroughs.Were all grateful for the heritage he left and confident that he now rests in peace.

Lees survivors include his wife, Lydia S. Lee; one son, Lynn L. (Grayson) Lee; three grandchildren, Christopher L. Lee, Lauren E. Lee, and Abigail M. Lee; one brother, Howard (Julia) H.W. Lee; and his beloved yellow Labrador retriever, Belle.

Visitation for Lee will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday (March 13) at Kaniewski Funeral Home (3545 N. Bendix Drive), and a funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Wedensday (March 14) in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at Notre Dame.

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