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Remembering Roberta (Bobbie) Lee

Longtime Staples High School math teacher Roberta (Bobbie) Lee died on Saturday. She was 82.

The Bridgeport native graduated from Mary Washington College, and earned a aster’s degree in Connecticut. She spent 36 years at Staples, from 1966 to 2002.

A former student said, “She influenced me in ways I cannot repay, except to pay it forward, which I have done as a teacher. She was a very practical and caring teacher who did not, however, tolerate BS.

“She never gave homework on weekends but worked us hard during the week. She had no problem tossing you out of class for chewing gum, but those lessons were learned quickly.

Roberta (Bobbie) Lee, in the 1995 Staples High School yearbook.

“She commanded a great deal of well-deserved respect. She is the only teacher in my life, including college and grad school, that I chose to have again. She had a great deal of influence when I chose my career.

“I carry the lessons she taught me, not only in math but in life. To this day I am grateful for her friendship later in life.

“Roberta loved animals (especially my dogs). We had many lunches and get- togethers over the years. She will be missed every day.”

Her favorite teams — the Boston Red Sox and University of Connecticut women’s basketball Huskies — provided her with many hours of enjoyment in retirement. So did her Morningside garden.

Roberta is survived by her twin sister, Alberta Lee Chappell of Lynnfield, Massachusetts,  as well as many members of her extended family, friends, and professional colleagues.

A memorial luncheon gathering of family and friends will be celebrated on Friday, August 6 at 11:30 a.m. at the Milford Yacht Club, 131 Trumbull Avenue, Milford. Internment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Roberta E. Lee Memorial Scholarship Fund for the benefit of high school students pursuing higher education in the field of mathematics, c/o Christopher Carveth, trustee, 926 Orange Center Road, Orange CT 06477.

Roberta’s family wishes to thank the caring professionals at Smilow Cancer Hospital for their compassionate care. To leave an online tribute, click here.

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