In Memoriam – Robert Harding Lee, AIA

August 19, 2014

Mayflower Descendent

Robert Harding Lee, 89, of Devon; Chester County, PA passed away on Wednesday morning, July 16, 2014 in his home.
He was born on May 10, 1925 in Essex, CT, the only child of Clarence and Hazel Harding Lee.
A Veteran of the United States Army, he served during World War II, and was honorably discharged a recipient of the Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic Pacific Theater Campaign Ribbon, WW II Victory Medal, Philippine Liberation Ribbon with Bronze Service Stars, Distinguished Unit Badge, and The Bronze Medal.
Mr. Lee graduated from the University of Michigan and retired from Crabtree and Lee in CT and the State of New Jersey where he was an Architect. He also served as President for the New Jersey Chapter of the American Institute of Architecture.
An avid traveler, he traveled worldwide seeing and studying architectural design.
His wife of 62 years, Mary Jane McWhorter Lee, whom he met on a blind date while they both attended the University of Michigan, and married on June 28, 1952, survives.
Surviving in addition to his wife are his children Robert H. Lee, Jr. and wife Norma of Tallahassee, FL, Susan Guenzer and husband Philip of Malvern, PA, Virginia Katherine Pearo, wife of the late John, of Phoenixville, PA, Cathleen Elizabeth Garrett and husband Jeff of Pottstown, PA, Mark McWhorter and longtime companion Robin Basile of Burgetsttown, and James E. McWhorter, III and wife Yasmin Abadian of Potomac, MD; seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
Friends were received on Sunday, July 20, 2014, in the Lee & Martin Funeral Home, Burgettstown. Interment  followed in the Cross Creek Cemetery.
If so desired, memorial donations may be made in his memory to the Burgettstown Area Senior Citizens Association, 200 Senior Way, Burgetsttown, PA 15021.

AIA New Jersey is very saddened by this loss to our architecture community in New Jersey. In keeping with our policy of promoting architecture and mentoring our future professionals, AIA New Jersey will be making a donation in Robert’s name to the AIA New Jersey Scholarship Foundation.

If you would also like to make a donation in his name to the Scholarship Foundation, please send donations to:
AIA New Jersey Scholarship Foundation
c/o Jeanne Perantoni, AlA
1011 US Highway 22, Suite 203
Bridgewater, NJ 08807

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