Edgar Lee, UST architecture professor, 64

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2016

FORMER UST Architecture professor Edgar Lee passed away on Monday, Nov. 16, due to a complication from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 64 years old.

His death was confirmed by his spouse, Lynette. According to her, Lee’s oxygen levels went down even with the aid of an oxygen machine.

Lee graduated from the old Mapua Institute of Technology with a degree in architecture and space planning in 1978, and obtained his master’s degree in construction management from the University of the East in 1984.

He began his teaching career at Mapua and later taught at Far Eastern University, College of the Holy Spirit in Manila and Assumption College.

He began teaching at the UST College of Architecture in 1999. He retired in 2018.

Lee brought his UST students to national architecture competitions.

In 2009, he coached UST students Jeff Ian Bernaldez, Michael Earvin Germino, Manuel Hermano, Sarang Lim and Vanessa Villegas, who won the Jurors’ Choice in the GK-Metrobank Designer Village Challenge.

“Until his last moments, most of his energy went to replying and checking on his former students, relatives and family,” wife Lynette told the Varsitarian.

Tributes and messages from former students and colleagues poured on social media.

“Rest in peace, Sir Lee! Never naging boring ang class kapag ikaw ang prof. You always made all your students laugh,” Dennise Cruz, Lee’s former student at the College of Architecture, said on Facebook.

Gwendellyn Samonte, another former student, said: “Lee was one of the kindest architects in the UST College of Architecture.”

Noelissimo Guererro, Lee’s former classmate, said there was “never a dull moment with him, in or outside the classroom.”

His remains will stay at the Sanctuarium in Quezon City until Friday, Nov. 20. A funeral Mass will be held in the morning. Lee’s remains will be cremated in the afternoon.

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