Dr. Philip Lee was born in Honolulu on February 5, 1925. He died on May 13, 2012 surrounded by family. He graduated from St. Louis, University of Dayton, and Creighton Medical School. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in World War II. His internship and Radiolology residency were at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, D.C. during the Korean War. He was an army physician for 8 years. He was surgeon for the 29th Infantry Brigade, Hawaii Army National Guard and with the Ninth Corps at Ft. DeRussy during the Vietnam War. He retired as a Colonel.
In 1958, he began his private practice in Radiology by opening a main office and several branch offices. He was honored with a special recognition in 1970 as Fellow of the American College of Radiology as the first in Hawai’i to introduce Cobalt-60 cancer therapy, use Nuclear Medicine in private practice, and pioneer mammography. Community work he enjoyed most was Chairman of Nuuanu YMCA Board in the early 60s raising funds for the new building and swimming pool that are still enjoyed today.
He is survived by wife Terry Lee, sons Dr. Eric Lee (Susan) and Dr. Jeffrey Lee (Gail), daughters Robin Gyorgyfalvy (Martin) and Wynnona Lee, and grandchildren Derek, Grayson, Juliet, Morgan, Isaac, and Philip.