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Name: Lee, Stewart M. (1925-2007)

Historical Note:

Dr. Stewart Munro Lee (1925-2007)  was born on August 7, 1925, Beaver Falls, PA. He served in the Navy during World War II (1943-1946).  On June 11, 1947, he married Ann Gilchrist.  He received his B.A. in Economics from Geneva College in 1949, and his M. A. and Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Pittsburgh, PA.  Dr. Lee made a significant contribution to economics on a regional and national level.  He testified many times in the consumer interest before House and Senate Committees and government agencies in Washington, D.C.  Minutes of these sessions refer to Dr. Lee as an authority in the field of consumer economics.

In June 1964, Dr. Lee was selected as a delegate of the American Council on Consumer Interests to the biennial congresses of the International Organization of Consumers Union held in Oslo, Norway.  He was also selected to attend the Fourth Biennial Conference held in Nathanya, Israel in June 1966 and as a delegate to the Fifth Biennial Conference at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York in 1968.

In 1978, Dr. Lee was consumer advisor in the United States delegation to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development in Switzerland.  He was also a delegate to the conference in Baden, Austria; Stockholm, Sweden; London, England; and Madrid Spain.

Dr. Lee co-authored the book Economics for the Consumer published in 1967 by the American Book Company.

In 1989, Dr. Lee was part of the New Start: Consumer Insurance Project.  New Start’s aim was to educate consumers about benefits of no-fault automobile insurance, and to work for its acceptance as a solution to escalating insurance costs and the numerous auto-personal injury lawsuits that were clogging the nation’s courts.  After the members did some research, New Start amended its proposal to suggest a Personal Protection Policy designed to allow consumers to choose the coverage they personally needed.

Although, Dr. Lee was a professor at Geneva College, he also taught classes at other colleges and universities, presented lectures, and participated in panel discussions.

Stewart M. Lee died on July 1, 2007.

Sources: Stewart M. Lee papers
Note Author: Cynthia A. Harris

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