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Dr. Ho Yong Lee

October 20, 1926 October 29, 2017
Dr. Ho Yong Lee
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Dr. Ho Yong Lee (이호영), beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend lives in our memories and in all the lives he touched with his kindness and serenity. Dr. Lee passed away at the age of 91 years on October 29, 2017 surrounded by his loving family at his home in Providence, Rhode Island.

Dr. Lee was born in Korea and raised in Seoul, younger of two brothers. After graduating Seoul National University College of Medicine, Dr. Lee served as Captain in the Korean Air Force during the Korean War. He first came to the United States in 1953 to complete his medical training. He subsequently, returned to Korea, obtained a position as a medical school professor, married and started a family there. Ultimately, though, he and his wife chose to immigrate to the United States, and settled in Rhode Island.

Dr. Lee served as the Chief of the Pathology Laboratory at the Rhode Island State Department of Health for 25 years. He worked on many public health initiatives to improve the quality and efficiency of care given to the people in the state. He was active for decades in the Korean Association of Rhode Island, serving as its president for a time.

Dr. Lee was a caring and devoted father who spent many hours chauffeuring his children to and from classes, camps, tournaments, and team practices, helping them with homework, and encouraging their hobbies and enthusiasms. With his wife, he built a beautiful home in Barrington, which was a haven for his children and grandchildren during their visits. The magnificent flowering magnolia and cherry blossom trees and the annual harvest of tomatoes and cucumbers there were a testament to that fact that Dr. Lee was ever a gardener and farmer at heart. A talented and inspired artist, his many paintings are a legacy that continue to grace the homes of his children and friends.

Dr. Lee is survived by his wife of 57 years Theresa Soon Yung, daughters Susanna, Marian and Sandra Lee Chen, son-in-law, Sidney Chen, and his grandchildren Larissa, Alexander Chen and Elizabeth Chen.

The memorial service for Dr. Lee’s life will be held today, November 2, 2017 at 11am in the Historic Chapel at Swan Point Cemetery, 585 Blackstone Blvd, Providence, Rhode Island. In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed in memory of Dr. Ho Yong Lee to LEEF (Laurelmead Employee Educational Fund) 355 Blackstone Boulevard, Providence, RI 02906 or Zion Korean United Methodist Church, 35 Kilvert St., Warwick, RI 02886.
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