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Dr. Herbert Lee — dedicated chiropractor, CMCC founder, great friend

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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. Herbert Lee at 101 years of age, a month away from his 102nd birthday on November 5. Dr. Lee was the longest lived and last surviving founder of CMCC. He passed peacefully in Toronto on October 3, 2012.

Dr. Lee made a phenomenal contribution to chiropractic. He was one of a handful of great men who committed to founding CMCC, as an educational institution and as a unifying force to chiropractic in Canada. Dr. Lee was part of the steering committee which founded CMCC, and gave its inaugural lecture at CMCC’s first location, at 252 Bloor Street West, in September, 1945, when the lecturer failed to arrive. He continued this tradition giving the first lecture at the 1900 Bayview location when it opened, as well as the first lecture at CMCC’s current campus.

He continued lecturing well beyond retirement age, remaining a faculty member at CMCC for almost 60 years.

“Dr. Lee has been a stalwart of CMCC, imparting his knowledge of technique to multiple generations of chiropractors,” says Dr. Moss. Dr. Lee offered monthly seminars on adjustment techniques while he was well over 90 years old.

Dr. Herbert Lee was considered a great friend by those privileged to know him.

3 comments to Dr. Herbert Lee — dedicated chiropractor, CMCC founder, great friend

  • This is unfortunate news. He has made great contributions to our profession. My condolences to his family.

  • Perry Prudhomme

    Dr. Herbert “Herbie” K. Lee was my professor at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College during the ‘80s. He was also one of my most cherished friends, my personal chiropractor, and a most amiable and compassionate human being. He had distinctive qualities that made all who were in his presence feel at ease. As a patient, I undoubtedly gained invaluable hands-on experience. On one particular visit, I recall asking Dr. Lee how he remained so consistently genuine and happy. And as he chuckled gleefully, he said that one must learn to “develop happiness.” This was the golden moment that enlightened me to the most profound maxim that governs each and every day of my life.

    Dr. Lee’s legacy is etched into the minds and hearts of his adoring followers, and he will always be remembered as an honorable man. Thank you my dear friend, and thank you for making this life sweeter than I would have ever known. In closing, I would like to take this opportunity to express my deepest and most heartfelt sympathies to his family.

    Perry A. Prudhomme, D.C. (Class of ’87)

  • Sad to hear. He leaves a great legacy and his family blessed to have had such a man in their presence.

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