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.
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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.