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Ronald A. Lee, professor, consultant, activist; April 14, 1939 -- Jan. 24, 2012

Ronald A. Lee of Williamsville, a retired college professor who was active in the community, died Tuesday in Millard Fillmore Hospital after a long illness. He was 72.

A Buffalo native, Mr. Lee graduated from night school at Bennett High School, then studied English and history at the University of Toronto in 1966 and management at the Canadian Institute of Management at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ont., in 1968.

He also studied at the University at Buffalo, earning a bachelor's degree in management in 1974, a master's degree in management in 1975 and doctorate degrees in education and higher education in 1978 and 1982, respectively.

Mr. Lee, who served in the Army during the Vietnam War years, was a member of the American Legion.

He served as president and chief executive officer of Ron Lee Consultants until about a year ago and retired as vice president of CAC Associates.

For 27 years, he was a professor at Erie Community College's city and north campuses, retiring in 2001. He also taught economics at Buffalo State College from 1976 to 1977.

Mr. Lee served as vice president of National Black Museum from 1971 to 1973, was a coordinator for the presidential campaign of Rep. Shirley Chisholm in 1972, and an organizer of the Black Businessmen's Association.

He was the first president the Black Educators Caucus of ECC and was director of ECC's small business training program at the city campus from 1975 to 1976.

A lecturer and consultant, Mr. Lee advised black-owned grocery stores from 1974 to 1976 and the New York State Research Development Foundation. He also was involved in the effort to locate a community supermarket in Lackawanna.

Mr. Lee directed minority small business programs that established a grant to train businessmen and businesswomen.

Mr. Lee traveled widely, including Spain and France.

Survivors include four sons, Paul King, Marlon, Carmen and Brian; four daughters, Celina Christian, Bridget McCallar, Vicki Baxter and Alexandria; a sister, Mary; and a brother, Donald.

A funeral will be held at noon Tuesday in Lombardo Funeral Home, 885 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst, preceded by a wake at 10.

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