Jeffrey Stephen Lee passed away on June 11, 1998.
Jeffrey was born Aug. 25, 1944, in Salt Lake City to Thelma Jensen Lee and Glenn Edwin Lee. He attended East High School and the University of Utah, where he graduated with a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering in 1967.In 1969, he married Mary Ann Walton. They have two sons, Christopher Walton Lee and Alexander Walton Lee. After graduating from the U., Jeff joined the U.S. Public Health Service and moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, where he worked for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. In 1970, he and Mary Ann moved to Berkeley, where Jeff attended the University of California and received a master's of public health and a doctorate in environmental-health sciences.
In 1976, Jeff became the deputy director of the health-response team for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in Salt Lake City, and in 1979 he assumed an assistant professorship in the department of family and preventive medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine. He also became director of industrial hygiene at the Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational Safety and Health. Jeff remained in that position, and became a full professor at the U. in May 1998.
With three colleagues, Jeff created the consulting firm Industrial Health Inc. Jeffrey was an international leader in the field of industrial hygiene and occupational medicine. He was chairman of the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists and a member of the Board of Directors of the American Industrial Hygiene Association.
In 1988, Jeff created the International Occupational Hygiene Association (IOHA) and served as its first president. In 1997, Jeff was honored with IOHA's first lifetime achievement award. Jeff was the editor-in-chief of the Applied Occupational and Environmental Hygiene Journal and served on many other professional journal editorial boards. He was the author of numerous articles and textbooks on occupational medicine and industrial hygiene.
Beyond his professional achievements, Jeff was a man whose first priority and love was his family. He was an avid skier, backpacker, fisherman and outdoorsman. He loved to travel for work and pleasure and lived life fully with vitality, integrity, good humor, charm, and grace. He leaves an enormous legacy of Jeff Lee stories.
Jeff is survived by his wife and sons; by his brother, Glenn Richard Lee (Pamela) and by his sister, Linda Lee Fox (Nyle).
A memorial service will be held at Red Butte Gardens and Arboretum amphitheater on Thursday, June 18, from 12 noon to 2 p.m., followed by a graveside service at City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, scholarship funds in Jeff Lee's name have been established by the American Industrial Hygiene Association, the University of Utah department of family and preventive medicine, IHI Environmental, the Children's Dance Theatre and the Repertory Dance Theatre. For information please contact the Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health at 581-7107.
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