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Lee, Charlotte I.



Charlotte I. Lee was born on August 13, 1909 in Denver, Colorado. She received her A.B. degree in 1930 and her M.A. degree in 1932, both from the University of Wichita. She also studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, England, in 1939 and took her Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 1945.

Lee began her teaching career as a teaching assistant at the University of Wichita in 1930-1932. She subsequently served as instructor at Monte Cassino in Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1932-1936; Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, 1936-1940; and William Woods College, Fulton, Missouri, 1840-1941. Lee came to the Department of Interpretation at Northwestern University in 1945 an as instructor. She later accepted appointment as an assistant professor, 1947-1953; associate professor, 1953-1961; and professor, 1962-1974. She served as the Department's acting chairperson during the years 1961-1962 and 1964-1965. Upon her retirement from the Northwestern faculty in 1974 she was appointed professor emeritus.

Lee was president of the Central States Speech Association in 1967-1968. She published several books including Oral Interpretation (first edition 1952), High School Speech for Secondary Schools (1964), Oral Reading of the Scriptures (1974), Speaking of Theater (with Bud Buyer, 1975), and Theater: Preparation and Performance (with David Grote, 1982). In recognition of her professional accomplishments, Emerson College awarded Lee an honorary doctorate of literature in 1986.

Charlotte Lee died, at the age of 85, in Taos, New Mexico, on February 26, 1995.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Charlotte Lee (1909-1995) Papers

Identifier: 20/43

The papers of Charlotte I. Lee (Ph.D., Northwestern University, 1945; member of the University's Department of Interpretation faculty, 1945-1974) consist of biographical materials, correspondence dating from 1960-1986, publication and lecture materials, course grades and Northwestern University alumni fundraising records. Biographical materials, correspondence, and publications and lecture materials comprise the bulk of the collection.

Dates: 1948-1986