In Memoriam

Gerard William Lee Jr. (1942-2007)

Gerard William Lee Jr., a long-time educator and college administrator in New Jersey, died earlier this month at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. He was 64 years old.

Dr. Lee was born in Newark in 1942. After graduating from public high school, he enrolled at Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina. While a student there, he participated in the 1963 March on Washington.

After graduating from college, he returned to Newark to teach in the public schools. He went on to earn a master’s degree in guidance and counseling at Kean University. He later received an educational doctorate from Rutgers University.

In the early 1980s Dr. Lee was director of the Equal Opportunity Funding Program at William Paterson College. He later became dean of student affairs at Essex County College. He also served as president of the New Jersey Association of Black Psychologists.

Late in his career Dr. Lee served as supervisor of guidance for the East Orange school district in New Jersey. He retired in 2004.