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Lee, Johnson Camden

(born: 1902  -  died: 1993) 

Born in Versailles, KY, Dr. Johnson C. Lee was a dentist in Lexington, KY.

In 1960 Dr. Lee became the first African American member of the Kentucky Dental Association. In 1983 he was the second African American dentist in Kentucky to receive the Kentucky Dental Association's award for having practiced dentistry for 50 years.

Dr. Lee's office was located in the old Masonic Building on North Broadway in Lexington. He was a graduate of Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN. Dr. Lee was also a World War II veteran of the African American 93 Infantry Division. He also owned a semi-pro baseball team. He was the husband of Gladys Lee.

For more see "Dentist considers slowing down after 50 years: dentist starts to slow down after 50 years in practice," Lexington Herald-Leader, 9/26/1983, p. B1; and Johnson C. Lee in E. Duncan, "Obituaries," Lexington Herald-Leader, 12/05/1993, p. C2. (The Lexington Herald Leader is also available online on campus and to UK faculty, staff, and students remotely.)

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