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Lee, Rex E., 1935-1996

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1935-1996

Biographical History

Rex E. Lee (1935-1996) served as solicitor general of the United States and as President of Brigham Young University.

Rex E. Lee was born in 1935 and grew up in St. John's, Arizona. He served a mission in Mexico from 1955 to 1958, then married Janet Griffin. He received a BA from Brigham Young University in 1960 and a JD from the University of Chicago in 1963. He held five honorary doctorate of law degrees. In 1963, he served as a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Byron R. White. From 1981 to 1985, he served as solicitor general of the United States, after which he worked for the firm Sidley & Austin.

In 1989, he was named as President of Brigham Young University. During his tenure, he enacted policies that regularized procedures, contributed to timely graduation, and organized massive fundraising and construction. His long-term planning has affected university issues into the 21st century.

At the end of 1995, he stepped down as President due to health reasons. He passed away March 11, 1996.

Citation

United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on the Judiciary Nomination of Rex E. Lee to ... 1975

Wikipedia, viewed May 3, 2010 (d. Mar. 11, 1996)

Brigham Young University Office of the President website, via WWW, May 28, 2014 (Rex E. Lee; b. 1935; d. March 11, 1996; grew up in St. John's, AZ; served mission in Mexico, 1955-1958; married Janet Griffin; BA, BYU, 1960; JD, University of Chicago, 1963; law clerk to Byron R. White, 1963; solicitor general of the United States, 1981-1985; worked for Sidley & Austin; named President in 1989; policy achievements; stepped down in 1995)

Found in 149 Collections and/or Records:

Akademia Rolnicza gift box, 1992 September 3

 Item — oversize: 90
Identifier: UA 925 Series 5 Item 2
Scope and Contents Gift box given to Rex E. Lee by representatives of Akademia Rolnicza, which includes pamphlets, a plate, and other materials.
Dates: 1992 September 3

Brigham Young University inaugural speeches and responses

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: UA SC 19
Scope and Contents Contains only inaugural speeches and responses by presidents Harris, McDonald, Wilkinson, Oaks, Holland, and Lee.
Dates: 1921-1989

Brigham Young University vice-presidential administrative correspondence, 1975-2004

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 1325 Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains administrative correspondence and minutes collected by the advancement vice president. Included is the correspondence of Rex E. Lee and Jeffrey R. Holland, facility records, incident records, personnel files, University Relations meeting minutes, College of Fine Arts and Communications performance information, records from various university institutes, awards, and committee records, 1975-2004.
Dates: 1975-2004

Collection on Rex E. Lee inauguration, 1989

 Series — Carton: 8, Folder: 10-12
Identifier: MSS 3312 Series 12
Scope and Contents Contains brochures, notes, articles, and other material related to the inauguration of Rex E. Lee at Brigham Young University on October 27, 1989.
Dates: 1989

Honorary memberships for Brigham Young University presidents

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: UA 1185
Scope and Contents Certificates of honorary membership in the Sons of Utah Pioneers for all Brigham Young University presidents from Warren Dusenberry through Cecil O. Samuelson.
Dates: 2005

Janet G. Lee speeches, 1991-1995

 Sub-Series — Box: 88
Identifier: UA 925 Series 3 Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents note Contains speeches, talks, and articles by Janet G. Lee.
Dates: 1991-1995

Rex E. Lee papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 2017
Scope and Contents Contains letters, briefs, clippings, photographs, awards, and other material documenting the life and career of Rex E. Lee. Includes materials from his work with the Jennings, Strouss, & Salmon law firm, the establishment of Brigham Young University's J. Reuben Clark School of Law, Lee's service as assistant United States Attorney General, his service as United States Solicitor General, and his tenure as president of Brigham Young University. Materials date from between 1910 and 1996.
Dates: 1910-1996

Office of the President administrative correspondence, 1993-1994

 Sub-Series
Identifier: UA 925 Series 1 Sub-Series 5 Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence related to university committees, employment, and other matters. Materials date from between 1993 and 1994.
Dates: 1993-1994

Office of the President administrative correspondence, 1994-1995

 Sub-Series
Identifier: UA 925 Series 1 Sub-Series 6 Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence related to university committees, employment, and other matters. Materials date from between 1994 and 1995.
Dates: 1994-1995