Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008

Admirers abound

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‘‘My father loved Frederick and he was very passionate about others seeing [his collection], so I am glad it is available ... I hope someday we can find a way to display it all in a museum in downtown Frederick for all to see. I think that would be a wonderful thing.”

Vivian Lee, Bill Lee’s daughter

‘‘Mr. Lee was a wonderful man and touched so many lives. I’m not sure if he set out to do it, but once you had any involvement with him, it rubbed off on you ... and you realized the importance of service to the community.”

David Key, president, Lincoln Alumni Association (Class of 1960)

‘‘For me, there is a sense of pride whenever I see his collection, as it reminds me of the centrality of the church and the life of African-Americans in Frederick ... Mr. and Mrs. Lee were a ‘dynamic duo’ for our church.”

The Rev. Burton L. Mack, pastor, Asbury United Methodist Church

‘‘Bill was a fighter, but also someone who would work with you. He fought for [black residents], his community and for kids. He was a very caring person.”

Ron Young (Frederick city mayor, 1974-1990)

‘‘Bill and I were both South End [Frederick] kids ... and I always felt he was an honorable person, not only concerned about children, but all the people of Frederick. That is a sign of a true public servant.”

Paul Gordon (Frederick city mayor, 1990-1994)