Dr. A. O. Lee Dies After Long Illness
Distinguished Teacher Served On University Staff 30 Years
Dr. Alfred Oughton Lee, professor of modern languages and of the history of medicine in the University, and widely recognized as an outstanding teacher, died yesterday morning at his home at 2307 Hill St., after a long illness. He was 65 years old.
Dr. Lee came to the University of Michigan in 1908 as a member of the German department and at one time acted as the head of the department of romance languages in the engineering colleges. Of late years he had been professor of modern languages and of the history of medicine and had administered the pre-doctorate examinations in scientific German and in scientific French.
Throughout his 30 years' teaching career in the University, Dr. Lee's speciality had been the conduct of classes in scientific German and scientific French and his classes were elected by many of the candidates for the doctorate in philosophy or in science. He was the only member of the University faculty with the title of professor of the history of medicine and professor of modern languages.
"A very unusual teacher, he was an inspiration to his students," Dean Edward H. Karus, dean of the literary college, said. "His death is a great loss to the University and his contributions to teaching and to the University will long be remembered. He was very loyal to his students and a great teacher."
In addition to his faculty work, Prof. Lee was a member of the editorial staff in the compilation of the new International Encyclopedia and Webster's New International Dictionary.
Educated in Germany
Born July 8, 1873, in Chicago, he was a son of the late Dr. and Mrs. Edward W. Lee of Chicago. Dr. Lee was educated in Germany from the age of 10 years until he completed his work for his doctor's degree in medicine from the University of Berlin.
He was a member of the Association of American University Professors, of the American Association of the History of Medicine and of Phi Sigma Biological Society.
He is survived by his widow, Berenice Hannan Lee; a son, Alfred Sargent Lee of Ann Arbor; a daughter, Mrs. Richard C. Overton, formerly Sylvia Lee, of Boston, Mass.; a grandson, Alan Overton; a brother, Dr. Edgar Lee, and a sister, Miss Mae Lee, both of San Diego, Calif.
Funeral services will be held privately tomorrow.