Lee Bird, lawyer and judge

May 7, 2013
Lee Bird
lawyer, judge

Lee Bird, 95, a lawyer with the Office of the General Counsel of the Navy Department who retired as an administrative judge on the Armed Forces Board of Contract Appeals, died April 16 of congestive heart failure at his home in Washington, Va.

His daughter, Stephanie Bird, confirmed his death.

Mr. Bird joined the Office of the General Counsel in 1948 and became an administrative judge in 1966. He retired in 1979.

Benjamin Lee Bird was born in Bala Cynwyd, Pa. He graduated from Harvard in 1940 with a bachelor’s degree in Latin and Greek and from Harvard Law School in 1948. During World War II, he was an Army Air Forces intelligence officer in the Pacific.

A former resident of McLean, Mr. Bird moved to Horseshoe Hollow Farm in Washington, Va., in 1979.

He did volunteer work in the District for charitable organizations and as a legal aid volunteer. In retirement, he served as chairman of the boards of the Hospice of the Rapidan and the Piedmont Environmental Council. He was also chairman of the Rappahannock County Democratic Committee, a public school volunteer and chairman of an adult literacy program.

Since 1960, Mr. Bird and his wife had spent summers on Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.

His wife of 55 years, Diana Washbon Bird, died in 2004.

Survivors include two children, Christopher Bird of Washington, Va., and Stephanie Bird of Newton, Mass.; two sisters; and three grandchildren.

— Bart Barnes