Nicholas Lee

Nicholas Lee

Thursday, July 27th, 1933 - Thursday, June 6th, 2019
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Charles Nicholas Lee, 85 of Longmont, passed away June 6, 2019. Nicholas was born July 27, 1933 in Washington, D.C. to Charles and Cornelia (McAlister) Lee.

He grew up in in Tacoma Park, MD and graduated from Montgomery Blair High School in 1950. Nicholas received the Adenauer Fellowship, and a Fulbright scholarship, and studied abroad in Europe. While in Germany, he met Mollie Boivin on a bus. They fell in love and on January 11, 1956 they were married at St. Nicholas church in Brighton, England.

Nicholas obtained a master’s degree from the University of Maryland and then a PhD from Harvard University. In 1965, he and Mollie moved to Boulder, CO where he worked as a Professor of Slavic Languages at the Colorado University in Boulder. Nicholas had a brilliant mind and loved language, culture and literature. He taught Russian, French and German and dabbled in Polish and Spanish.

He was a long-time member of St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church in Boulder. He was very active within the church, singing in the choir and working in the healing ministry. Nicholas enjoyed opera, theatre, music and helping Mollie in the garden. He touched many lives and will be truly missed by all who knew him.

Nicolas is preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Katherine Riepenhoff. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Mollie Lee and their children; Christopher (Beth) Lee of New Zealand, Bronwyn (Scott) Fraser of Longmont, CO, Alison (Allan) Wells of New Zealand, and Jennifer (Tom) Terbush of Castle Rock, CO, eleven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and one brother, Anthony Lee.

A memorial service will be held 10:00 a.m. Friday, June 14 at St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church.
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    Friday, June 14th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Friday, June 14th, 2019 10:00am
    St. Aidans Episcopal Church
    2425 Colorado Ave.
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Posted at 11:34pm
Dr. Lee was the first professor I met at CU. I came to the Slavic Languages department to test out of the language requirement ahead of my freshman year and after I did, he told me to come back and tackle a major in Russian. My major was Computer Science, but somehow a year later I ended up with a second major and Dr. Lee taught several of my classes. When I was graduating, he was the department representative in the procession of staff and instructors. He stopped to shake my hand as I was in an aisle seat, causing the procession to back up and resulting in some grumpy commentary from other professors. I came back to CU for graduate school in Computer Science and Dr. Lee had me come to his classes and talk to his students. He was a pretty amazing man. I am a better person for having known him.

Jim and Sugar Terbush

Posted at 06:10pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We have such fond memories of his intelligent and colorful personality. He will be greatly missed. Fondly,
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The Ruppert and Stallone Families

Posted at 04:25pm
We are so sorry for your loss.
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Tim & Marilyn Stechert

Posted at 01:39pm
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Ross McIntosh

Posted at 05:54pm
It was always fun to talk with Nicholas as he always had an upbeat and positive manner. I met him through attending shows at the Longmont Theater Company - he always had perfect diction. I remember running into Nicholas several times in the grocery store - he always gave a little boost to my day! It is true that he will be missed by all who knew him.
Ross McIntosh

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