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Newspaper Rewrite Man Dies; Left Own Obituary

August 8, 1993

NEW YORK (AP) _ Henry Lee, a Daily News rewrite whose prose for decades illuminated most of the major stories at one of the nation’s largest newspapers, died at age 82.

Lee, who died Friday, worked for the Daily News from 1946 to 1979, and had prepared his own obituary. A reporter who went to the newspaper’s library found two pages of autobiographical material on him and the following note:

″To the Lucky Dog Who Gets This: As an old obit man myself, I just couldn’t resist the temptation to burden you as much as possible with all the trivia of my life. Be of good heart. It will boil nicely into a few paragraphs. Fraternally, Henry Lee.″

Lee, who was graduated from Harvard University in 1934, also worked for The Bridgeport Times-Star, The Bridgeport Post and The New York World-Telegrah newspapers.

He wrote two books, ″The Right Burgee,″ a novel, and ″How Dry We Were,″ a history of Prohibition.

At the time of his death, he was working on a book about the many people he had written of for newspapers, including Queen Elizabeth and the poet Robert Frost.

He is survived by daughters Marion Patricia Lee of Wellesley, Mass., and Katherine Lee Burrowes of Concord, Mass.; a son, Dr. Henry Lee II of Seal Rock, Ore.; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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