Diane B. Lee, age 50, of Brentwood, Tennessee, died tragically in an airplane crash in York County, Pennsylvania, on Saturday, June 25, 2005. Her daughters, Allison Kay Lee and Amy Elizabeth Lee, also died in the crash.
Diane was born on August 31, 1954, in South Bend, Indiana, to Richard T. and Iola K. Brown. She attended John Hershey High School in Arlington Heights, Illinois, and went on to graduate magna cum laude with a degree in Biology from Purdue University. After acquiring her Masters of Science in Biology from Johns Hopkins University, she earned her Masters of Business Administration from the University of Michigan.
Diane's work experiences were diverse. She worked for the United Nations; Schering-Plough, a world-wide, research-based pharmaceutical company; Genex, a biotech engineering company; and Smithson-Craighead Academy of Nashville. She and her husband, Andy, were the former owners of R.J. Young Printing, Inc. in Nashville.
Diane was committed to the Nashville community where her volunteer activities were extensive. She was an active member of Forest Hills United Methodist Church where she sang in the Chancel Choir, was a member of the Seekers Sunday School class, and was involved in the worship committee. She was on the board of the Kiwanis Club of Nashville and was involved with its Priority One Youth Foundation. She was also involved in fundraising for Renewal House, a retraining program for chemically-addicted mothers. Further, she was a member of CABLE, a local networking organization for businesswomen. This past fall, Diane was instrumental in organizing a half-day session entitled "The Science of Success" featuring former astronaut, Dr. Kathy Sullivan.
Diane was dedicated to public education. In the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools system she represented the Hillsboro High School cluster on the district's parent advisory council. She also served on the parent teacher organization at J.T. Moore Middle School and Percy Priest Elementary School where she was a past president.
Diane is survived by her loving husband of 16 years, Andrew Lee of Nashville; her mother and father, Iola and Richard Brown of Madison, Wisconsin; two sisters, Nancy (Terry) Chalex of Scottsdale, Arizona, and Patricia (Wayne) Bjorgaard of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin; one brother, David (Nancy) Brown of Perrysburg, Ohio; many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.
A celebration of Diane's life is planned for Sunday, July 24, at Forest Hills United Methodist Church, 1250 Old Hickory Blvd., Brentwood, TN, at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the following funds benefiting worthy students.