Richard Carter Lee

March 20, 1941September 5, 2018
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On Wednesday, September 5, 2018, Richard Carter Lee resident of Glenn Dale, MD, born in Quincy, MA passed away. Beloved husband of Beverlee A.Lee (nee Trojan) , father of Andrew R. Lee (Kim), Matthew J. Lee (Mary Beth), Bryan M. Anderson (Victoria), Nathaniel A. Lee (Lori), Aimee K Harmelink (Chris). Devoted brother of Louise Lee, and Frances Lawrence (Jim). Cherished grandfather of Gabriel, Jennifer; Griffin, Samson; Zackary, Joshua, Leigha; Kathryn, Juliana, Alexander; and Jacob.

Richard was a faithful servant of God, an amazing husband, father, brother, and the proudest grandfather on the planet who would burst with joy when surrounded by his grandchildren, or simply when talking about them. A brilliant and hardworking student, he overcame polio as a child and went on to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Physics at Harvard University, and a Master’s degree at George Washington University. In his early career, he was heavily involved with the Apollo space program. He later joined the Department of Health and Human Services where he helped pioneer a program which provided healthcare to thousands of underrepresented neighborhoods.

Music was deeply important to him, he sang in many chorus and choirs from high school and college throughout his entire life including the Harvard Glee Club, University of Maryland Chorus, Hyattsville Methodist Church Choir, The Masters Chorale, and Ascension Catholic Church Choir where he also Cantored for many years.

He was a devoted and involved member of his community, and had many interests including music, literature, sailing, square dancing, and a spirited debate. Most importantly, he was the most caring and loving human being that we were blessed to have loved and who loved us back so deeply.

Celebration of life to be held September 21 at Robert E Evans Funeral home, 16000 Annapolis Rd, Bowie, MD 20715 from 4-8 PM. Respects may be paid September 22 from 10-11 AM at Ascension Roman Catholic Church, 12700 Lanham-Severn Rd. Bowie, MD 20715, followed by Catholic Mass at 11:15 AM.

Family will receive flowers or in lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Interment to be held privately.


  • Visitation Friday, September 21, 2018
  • Visitation Saturday, September 22, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, September 22, 2018

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Jack Egan

September 12, 2018

I also had the good fortune of working with Dick when I called upon him from the Atlanta Regional Office many times for a clearer understanding of complicated data. Then later when I got to fully appreciate his talent and great mind. The pictures of Dick with his grandchildren are all that anyone needs to know about him......a love of family!

May your grief be made easier and comforted with fond memories which will always be with you.

Jack Egan

Eric Turer

September 12, 2018

For myself, and all the staff at JSI who worked with Dick throughout the years at HRSA, I want to express my deep condolences at his passing. Dick was a truly special person - brilliant, generous of spirit, thoughtful, and just a pleasure to work with on a personal and professional level. His work helped many in need and supported integrity in government. He will be missed and his family is in our thoughts.

Barbara Bailey

September 12, 2018

I was privileged to work with Dick for many years, first from afar when communication was via phone, then later face to face when I moved to HRSA offices in Bethesda. He was a master at crunching numbers and providing colleagues with necessary information - not always what we wanted, but always what we needed, and always delivered with a smile! Dick could be counted on to explain how he reached his conclusions, and I chuckled when I read that one of his interests was a “spirited debate.” Indeed! I remember Richard Carter Lee fondly, and pray that God’s comfort and peace surrounds the family at this time of physical separation.

Jim Macrae

September 12, 2018

Please know our thoughts are with you and Dick's family during this time. Dick was a special member of the BPHC family (his work colleagues). Dick continually worked here to improve the lives of medically underserved people across the country. He always approached his work analytically, thoughtfully, and with a good sense of humor which was often needed. He made a true difference and we extend our deepest sympathy to his family.

Andy Jordan

September 11, 2018

To the Family-Dick and I worked together in various ways since the 1980s, and I was honored and gratified to have him be a member of our staff for several years. I was always impressed by his intellectual honesty and curiosity, and found him a wealth of knowledge. When he left I inherited a lot of his history of the ways of identifying areas of underservice, which was a passion we shared. I learned so much from him, and so much appreciated his willingness to share his knowledge. He was a critical part of our team during some interesting times. We shared some other things as well; a history of polio (though mine not as severe as his) and a love of Maine, which is where my mother was from. The country owes him a debt of gratitude for the time, the energy, and the passion he gave for so many years. We will miss him as colleagues, and we will miss him as a friend. My thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time, but know that he had a great impact on many people and on the field of public health.

Kyle Ingels

September 10, 2018


To you and your family, my deepest sympathies and prayers. You are all in my prayers, as is Dick's happy rest.

God bless you, Fr Kyle

Lori Martin Lee

September 9, 2018