From 1982 to 1998 Justice Dan M. Lee served on the Mississippi Supreme Court, rising to Chief Justice in 1995. He graduated from the Mississippi College of Law and became a member of the bar in 1948 and from that time until 1971 he practiced law with the Jackson law firm of Lee, Moore and Countiss.
He was first appointed Hinds County Judge in 1971 by Governor John Bell Williams and later elected to the position followed by election to the Circuit Court.
His wife Dr. Mary Alice Lee tells WLBT that he was a torpedo bomber on the U.S. S. Princeton during World War II and an active aviator for many decades.
"He was just a caring warm person and I'm very sad at his passing," Former Supreme Court Justice James Robertson said.
Former Justice James Robertson worked alongside Lee for a decade and became close friends.
"He very much cared that the law seemed and the court seemed human to the people he dealt with and thought that was a wonderful quality because the law can be so impersonal," added former Justice Robertson.
Robertson says Lee was a people person, stopping to greet everyone he knew no matter the occasion and felt it important that each citizen was treated fairly and allowed to have their day in court.
"Judge Dan Lee thought the law was about people and helping people with their problems," added Former Justice Robertson.
Linda Robertson has kept mementos and pictures from their friends from over the years.
"I've saved them for years. They always sent a picture of themselves, Mary Alice and Dan on a trip somewhere to Alaska or here's one to Cambridge England may of 2003," added Robertson.
Lee retired from the bench in 1998. He and his wife were married for 54 years and have a son and daughter. They have 5 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.
The former justice died of complications of diabetes and Parkinson's disease early Sunday morning. He was 84 years old.
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