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Memoir

Denis Lee
Regent's Proceedings 347

Denis C. Lee, professor of art in the School of Art and Design, will retire
from active faculty status on June 30, 2000.

Professor Lee received his B.A. degree from Indiana University in 1961 and
his Masters Certificate from the School of Medical Illustration at the
University of Illinois in 1964. He joined the University of Michigan as an
assistant professor of art in 1969 and was promoted to associate professor in
1971 and professor in 1982. Beginning in 1973, Professor Lee also held
appointments in the Medical School as associate professor and then
professor (1982) of medical and biological illustration and as assistant
professor of medical plastic surgery sculpture from 1978-89.

Professor Lee is a talented medical illustrator who has received national and
international recognition for his accurate and innovative illustrations. His
interest in alleviating human disfigurement also led to pioneering work in
medical sculpture and the development of prosthetics, which produced
extraordinary advances in the field. He was at the forefront of new
developments in cosmetic prostheses, using innovative techniques, new
materials and casting procedures to improve cosmetic prosthetic appliances.
A skilled artist, dedicated teacher, and vigorous researcher, in 1971
Professor Lee initiated and established a medical sculpture unit. Its purpose
was to supply disfigured patients with external prosthetic appliances and
implants as a means of artificial cosmetic reconstruction. This unit attracted
many patients to the University of Michigan Hospitals to receive the benefit
of his talent.

Professor Lee has served as director of the graduate program in medical and
biological illustration since 1986. In this capacity, he has trained artists,
medical students, and residents in the plastic surgery section. A renowned
medical artist, Professor Lee's illustrations have appeared in numerous books
and journals and are used in instructional programs at several institutions.
His work has been exhibited widely and he has received many prestigious
awards and commissions. He is a fellow of the Association of Medical
Illustrators and past president and member of the Board of Governors of the
Association of Medical Sculptors.

The Regents salute this distinguished scholar by naming Denis C. Lee
professor emeritus of art.