The Rev. Dr. Robert H. Collins Lee, 82, a retired minister and officer of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, died Friday at Walter Reed Army Medical Center of cardiopulmonary arrest.
Dr. Lee came to Washington in 1956 after serving as pastor of churches in North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Alabama and Illionois. He was pastor of the Metropolitan Wesley AME Zion Church in Washington from 1956 until his retirement in 1967.
The following year Dr. Lee was elected general secretary-auditor of the church's general assembly here, a position he held until retiring a second time in 1972.
A native of Greensboro, N.C., Dr. Lee graduated from Livingstone College in Salisbury, N.C., in 1925. He later earned a bachelor of divinity degree from the Gordon Cornwall Theological Seminary in Boston. In 1959, he received an honorary doctor of divinity degree from Hood Theological Seminary at Livingstone College.
Dr. Lee served as a major in the Army Chaplains' Corps during World War II.
A resident of Washington, he was a member of the Pigskin Club, the American Legion and the Masons. He also had served as a grand chaplain with the national body of the Elks.
Survivors include his wife. Lillian, of the home; a daughter, Betty Jean Scott, and a stepdaughter, Laverne B. Johnson, all of Washington; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.