BY PENNY DICKERSON
Dr. Shirley B. Lee, retired executive vice president of Bethune-Cookman University, died June 21 at Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center, Daytona Beach. She was 96.
She was a community pillar and accomplished academic who dedicated herself to Bethune-Cookman in 1945 as a faculty member and held numerous positions at the school throughout her celebrated career, including executive director of Sponsored Programs.
A rich legacy of service has been left by Lee, who was a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and served as the local chapters president from 1962 to 1968. She also was a member of The Links Inc.
An endowed scholarship was established in her name at Bethune-Cookman and those close to her covet fond memories from her neighborhood friends to co-workers.
“I remember Lee as being very driven and a persistent worker,” offered Dr. Cleo Higgins, who worked alongside Dr. Lee and retired from Bethune-Cookman in 1988 as vice -president of Academic Affairs.
“Lee was a great leader who always believed more could be done to advance the work at B-CU.”
Funeral arrangements are being handled by R.J. Gaines Funeral Home.
Information about funeral services for Dr. Lee were not available to the Daytona Times by the newspaper’s Wednesday night deadline.