Lee Returns to Communications
By Colleen Chandler
Hugh Lee, who headed the information office at NIEHS from 1977 to 1994, when he retired, is back in the communications business, writing for the Environmental Protection Agency at its new $273 million facility just across a small landscaper's lake from NIEHS.
Almost 2 years ago, he returned to work under the EPA's Senior Environmental Employment Program funded by the National Caucus and Center on Black Aged, Inc. He spends 19.5 hours a week writing stories for an EPA newsletter. The employment program aims to keep senior environmental staff employed in the federal government, and provides money for salary and leave. Lee's career in communications began in the Washington, D.C., area, where in the late 1950s, he worked as a television news reporter.
A few years later he went to the Bureau of Public Roads, now the federal Department of Transportation, editing and narrating films. His next career move took him to the District of Columbia Commissioners' information office as a writer and photographer. From there, he joined NIH in the Division of Research Grants, where he wrote for the DRG newsletter. That position led him to NICHD, then to NHLBI, where he founded and directed the High Blood Pressure Information Center.
When NIEHS advertised to fill a position in the information office, Lee took the bait and applied, but his wife, Carol, was not thrilled at the prospect of moving to North Carolina. When they came down for the interview, they visited Emerald Isle on the state's Outer Banks. That apparently was all it took to change her mind. The Lees moved to Raleigh, where Hugh, Carol and one of their three children still live.
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