D. Harcourt Lees Jr., businessman, sportsman

July 30, 2013

D. Harcourt Lees Jr., a Warrenton businessman and sportsman who led fox hunts and served for 50 years on the executive committee of the Virginia Gold Cup horse race, died July 21 at Blackrock, his family home in Warrenton. He was 91.

The cause was a stroke, said his son, Douglas H. Lees III.

In his professional life, Mr. Lees joined his father in a family business, D.H. Lees and Co., shortly after World War II. He sold the insurance part of the company in 1993 but remained active in real estate until 2007. In the final years of his life, he continued to visit his office daily, his son said.

Mr. Lees was a director of Fauquier National Bank for 50 years and was a former president of the Warrenton Rotary Club and the Fauquier Board of Realtors.

Douglas Harcourt Lees Jr. was born in Warrenton and graduated from Episcopal High School in Alexandria. During World War II, he served in the Army in Europe.

Since childhood, Mr. Lees had been an enthusiastic horseman and rider. At the Warrenton Hunt, he was a former master of foxhounds, the rider who leads the field in a fox hunt. He organized joint meetings with other hunts. He was 80 when he participated in his final hunt.

He was a former president of the Fauquier Club.

In 1948, Mr. Lees married Eleanor “Scottie” Torrence Thomson. She was severely injured in a fox-hunting accident in 1980. She died in 2000.

Survivors include a son, Douglas H. Lees III of Warrenton.

— Bart Barnes

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