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Longtime Montgomery College Assistant Coach Remembered
 January 31, 2013

by James Peters, Staff Writer

The Washington, D.C., area lost a baseball icon with the Jan. 19 passing of Montgomery College pitching coach Duck Lee, who spent the better part of the past five decades promoting the sport he loved as an administrator and coach in his adopted country.

“He was a good friend to me,” Raptors baseball coach Dan Rascher said. “He cared about me not as a coach but as a person, and he cared about my family. That's the thing I really appreciated about him. As far as baseball, (Lee felt) that there was a place out on the field for everybody somewhere. If you had respect for the game ... he welcomed you with open arms.

“He was a security blanket with all the knowledge he possessed. We often discussed things, and he gave me his opinion, and whether I used it or not, he left that up to me. He never said, 'I told you so.' He let me coach. That's one thing I really respect about him.”

Lee, who was 77 at the time of his passing, was born in Manchuria, China, in 1935 and later left the country toward the end of World War II to go to Seoul, Korea, where his family prospered before the city was overrun by North Korean forces in 1950. But it was also in Korea where Lee learned the generosity of the United States military, including the U.S. Marines. He served as a translator for the force in Korea. That generosity caused a deep respect for the United States.

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